From photographers and embroidery artists to henna specialists and masters of illusion, these Asian Instagram artists are just too cool to ignore.

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Sheena Liam

Some people doodle their self-portraits, but the former Asia’s Next Top Model winner Sheena Liam prefers embroidery to do the same. The Malaysia-born model and artist is engaged to Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic whose own Instagrammable street art murals in George Town have gained worldwide acclaim.

Follow her at @sheenaliam

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Dain Yoon

No one does body and face paintings quite like renowned South Korean makeup artist Dain Yoon. Her mind-bending illusions are will make you look twice and think twice before trusting your own eyes.  

Follow her at @designdain

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Izziyana Suhaimi

A fiber artist since 2008, Singapore native Izziyana adds an extraordinary dimension to sketches on a regular canvas with beautiful hand-woven and hand- embroidered patterns on paper.

Follow her at @izziyanasuhaimi

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Sneha Shrestha

Nepali painter and graffiti artist Sneha Shrestha likes to incorporate elements of Sanskrit scriptures in her artwork. Her achievements go well beyond epic Instagram posts - she founded the first Children’s Art Museum in Nepal, later completing several commissioned street art projects in the US.

Follow her at @imagine876

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Mok Zijie

Singaporean artist Mok Zijie uses watercolour paints to illustrate miniature houses, buildings and plants - if you like what you see on his Instagram, check out which of his prints are available for sale on Etsy.

Follow him at @artcrop

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Aaron Pinto

Watch for Mumbai-based Aaron Pinto’s captivating digital artwork on his Instagram page – a curious mix of colours, unconventional patterns, and provocative messages that will stick in your mind long after you put your phone aside.

Follow him at @kidsquidy

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Shanghai photographer NKCHU may work from behind a cloak of anonymity, but that doesn’t stop him and his drone from capturing remarkable scenes of city life within Shanghai, Hong Kong and other cityscapes around the world.

Follow him at @nk7

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Aaron C

When he's not painting his way through Instagram with elaborate mandalas and other quirky designs, Aaron works on projects in the community at Sibu (be sure to check out the floral-fancy street mural he created for the Sibu Street Art Festival this year.)

Follow him on @aaroncwl

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Takashi Murakami

Versatile and eccentric in one sitting is Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami - the same artist who designed the cover art for Kanye West's album, Graduation. Scroll through his Instagram feed for a chance to see the world through his unconventionally quirky artistic lens.     

Follow him at @takashipom

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Agi Putra Aspian

The commercial-worthy flat lays and suave styling in this Indonesian photographer's Instagram collection will give you enough artsy feels to last a century.        

Follow him at @agiputraaspian

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Kenjay Reyes

Sketches inspired by travels across the globe, water-colour paintings and whimsical doodles on a notebook: expect the unexpected with Filipino artist Kenjay Reyes who juggles different styles (and canvases) at the drop of a hat.

Follow him at @kenjreyes

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Ticger Rawoot

You may see a lot of blue scrolling through Thai artist Ticger Rawoot’s Instagram page but you’ll feel the exact opposite with its abundance of serene illustrations and dream-like vistas.

Follow him on @ticgerrawoot

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Neethi Goldhawk

You’ll never be bored with Neethi’s posts in your Instagram feed – this Indian illustrator and textile-print designer has a knack for beautifully colourful patterns along with her ultra-relatable illustrations and GIFs.    

Follow her at @kneethee

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Sara Mush

Is it lace? Or is it Henna? Professional Henna artist Sara Mush will make anyone look twice with her stunning designs that also come in white. Sara specialises in bridal Henna services, running her business in her hometown of Hong Kong as well as in Dubai and Pakistan where she travels often.   

Follow her at @sarashenna

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Adi Suanjaya

If you've watched the 2009 stop-motion film 'Coraline' adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel, then the world of doll-like characters with buttons for eyes as created by Indonesian fine arts grad Adi Suanjaya 'Kencut' may strike a familiar chord, only with much more colourful overtones.      

Follow her on @suanjaya_kencut

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Mamo Worama Umpairat

This Bangkok-born fashion illustrator known as Mamomomo is all about light-hearted doodles with fun splashes of colour and even better commentary to lighten the visuals up.

Follow her at @mamolism

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Suntur Yozanun Wutigonsombutkul 

This Thai illustrator hustles between Bangkok and the US often, leaving a trail of squint-inducing artwork that’s surprisingly heart-warming in its own way. 

Follow him at @suntur

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Debra Raymond

Artist Debra Raymond has held solo exhibitions in Indonesia, Japan and in her home country of Singapore. Look for peaceful illustrations of local food, plant and marine life on this artistic eco-warrior’s Instagram page.  

Follow her at @deb.ra