Dongo is inspired by surrealist artist Rene Margritte whose studio was called Dongo.
The sofubi was managed by artist Yukinori Dehara and made in a small factory in Japan. The original painting of Dongo by Yoskay Yamamoto was used as the graphic and image for the Los Angeles International Film Festival and appeared on billboards and banners.
The original sculpture of Dongo was hand carved and the carving marks can be viewed on the sofubi itself. There are drips from the casting process which differ slightly across each figure making each piece one of a kind.
This figure has a long history. Dongo, inspired by artist, Rene Magritte, is a four inch-ish figure designed by Yoskay Yamamoto. The original painting including the Moon shaped head figure wearing a suit with floating hat and bird, was created for the Los Angeles Film Festival and appeared on billboards, lamp post banners, and advertisements in 2017.
When thinking about what would make a great toy figure, Yamamoto picked the Magritte inspired character. To follow suit, he titled the character, Dongo, named after Rene Magritte's commercial studio, "Studio Dongo."
The original sculpture was hand carved by Yamamoto and submitted to sofubi artist Yukinori Dehara who then put the object into production. Using contacts from his decades of experience, the figure was made into vinyl by the hands of a Japanese factory steeped in the history of sofubi figures. We hope Dongo follows suit and fits into the illustrious history of character design formed into a style and medium that is loved by kids and adults throughout multiple generations.