Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939), Czech artist. Mucha's art nouveau style, characterized by twisting, swirling flower and hair motifs, set the style for poster art for a generation. He created celebrated posters for Sarah Bernhardt and designed sets and costumes for her plays. In his later works, primarily academic paintings, Mucha glorified the Slavic peoples.
Erlend Øye is a Norwegian musician from Bergen, best known for being part of the pop duo Kings of Convenience together with Eirik Glambek Bøe. He has released one solo album, Unrest in 2003 and a mix CD in the DJ-Kicks series in 2004.
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) is one of the most widely-read Japanese authors of the 20th century, due in part to his dramatic suicide in 1970. Born in Tokyo, Mishima studied law and was a civil servant before turning to writing exclusively. Over his career he was incredibly prolific, a writer of novels, short stories, plays and political and literary criticism, beginning in the late 1940s. Nominated for the Nobel Prize three times, his most famous books include Gogo no eiko (1965, translated as The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea), Kinkakuji (1956, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion) and the tetralogy Hojo no umi (1965-71, The Sea of Fertility).
Max Andersson (born 1962) is a Swedish comic creator and film maker, mostly doing "underground style" and "artistic" comics. His comics have mainly been published in Swedish albums, and in the Swedish art magazine Galago.
With his album "Pixy" at Fantagraphics, Andersson is the first modern Swedish artist to have a comic album published in the United States. He is also the creator of the comic book "Death & Candy".