Nicolas Lesaffre is a French multidisciplinary artist, his art spans a variety of media, including digital art, animation, and toy art.
Born and raised in France, Nicolas initially pursued a successful career as a commercial artist for big clients all around the globe.
Brimming with unique design and character animation, the surreal scenes he creates are saturated with eye catching elements and attention grabbing characters that will assure you you’re seeing something new and unique.
Over the years Nicolas has created a colorful palette of films, illustration, projection mapping ,augmented reality, and IP creation in Paris, London, Los Angeles and since 10 years in Hong Kong where he created the creative animation studio Nikopicto.
Nicolas’s latest IP creation "Hug the K" wants to cheer you up with a Hug :
The letter K comes from the Greek letter Κ that symbolizes an open hand. 
Hug the K is here to conquer our fear to unite with one another in this uncertain world.
He is the King of Hugs who warm our hearts.

The design of Hug the K is inspired by the 90ies skateboard art scene, which is connected with the artist's long teenage life.
Nicolas has over a hundred collaborations with brands such as Gucci, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Wechat, Nissan, Hasbro, BNP, VW, American Express, Mc Donald's, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Singapore Tourism Board, to name a few. 
Nicolas’s artwork has been awarded and showcased in many international film festivals and publications such as Shots Magazine, Luerzer’s Archive, Motionographer, Stash Media, Cannes Lions Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Australian International Animation Festival, etc..​​​​​​​
AWARDS
2019 MARKies Awards Hong Kong:  bronze, silver and gold wards OPTICAL 88
2019 ASP create Hong Kong- Silver award- short film WUEN 
2019 Digicon6 Asia Award - short film GOING APE
2014 Maze Awards - Gold award AMEX
2012 Annual design awards - Best Digital art award
2012 TIDCA Taipei International - digital graphic Finalist and Jury award. DURACELL
2010 Cannes Advertising Festival - Shortlisted DURACELL
2009 Eurobest - Bronze Award 
2008 EPICA Festival –Silver Award 
2008 Boards awards : Animation Director Finalist
2007 anim'est Film Festival : gold Award Vinyl'd Attack

 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OFFICAL SELECTION

GOING APE :
2019 Digicon6 ASIA Award Hong Kong
2019 Woodstock Film Festival
2019 Cape Town International Animation Festival 
2019 Australian International Animation Festival
2019 Insomnia Festival Russia
2019 Aimac Spain
2019 Anilogue International Animation Festival 
2019 8th China Independent Animation Film Forum
2019 Melbourne International Animation Festival AUSTRALIA
2018 Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film GERMANY​​​​​​​
2018 Anima Mundi Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL
2018 Athens ANIMFEST GRECE
2018 Cortoons Festival Gandia 2019_ Valencia SPAIN
2018 International animation film festival GOLDEN KUKER - Sofia BULGARIA
2018 Copper Coast International Film Festival UK
2018 La Guarimba International Film Festival ITALY
2018 KisaKes (Cut It Short) Short Film Festival Istanbul Turkey
2017 SIGGRAPH asia Bangkok THAILAND
2017 Bitfilm Contest 
2017 Cardiff International Film Festival UK
2017 Chellavision Short Film Fest CA USA
2017 Sacalacalaca, Interdimensional Horror & Sci-Fi Festival Mexico
2017 Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
2017 Multivision Festival St Petersburg Russia
2017 Celtic Animation Film Competition Liverpool UK

WUEN :
2020 Athen's International Children's Film Festival
2020 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
2020 Brooklyn Film Festival
2020 Kiki International Film Festival for Kids
2020 Mecal Barcelona International short and animation Film Festival
2020 Les 12 Courts de Minuit
2019 Lahore International Children's Film Festival
2019 Festival Internatiocional de Cine de Quito
2019 The 8th China International Micro-Film Festival
2019 Hsin-Yi Children's Animation Awards

WEAR YOUR BEAUTIFUL LIFE :
2020 Golden Kuker Sofia International Animation Festival
2020 Brooklyn Film Festival
2020 Macao Film Panorama
2020 Kids Brooklyn Film Fest
2019 Hsin-Yi Children's Animation Awards
2019 Anima Cordoba International Animation Festival
2019 Annecy international Animation Film Festival (Mifa screening)

VINYL'S ATTACK :
2007Anime'est Film Festival 

HERNANDO :
2005 Imagina
2005 Siggraph
2005 Soho short film 
2005 Anifest 
2005 Ottawa International Animation Film Festival
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