1962 · Republic of Korea
Offering an artful interplay between Western and Eastern traditions in her expansive body of work, Korean artist Minjung Kim offers a blend of peaceful calm and exciting dynamism in her creations.
Trained in both traditional Korean artistic methods as well as those of the Western European world, Kim emphasizes the subtle play of form in her work. Soft yet varied washes of color and gentle curves of calligraphy on layered paper allow each composition to become a striking document of her artistic process. In each work, Kim asks the viewer to explore the movement of these forms not only to animate the work but also to tap into a bit of Kim’s own personality.
Born in Gwangju, Korea, in 1962, Kim enjoyed some of her earliest training to her study under Yeongyun Kang, a famed Korean watercolorist while also extensively studying the art of calligraphy. She then studied at Hong Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, between 1980 and 1985 before relocating to Italy in 1991 so that she could enroll at the Brera Academy in Milan. Today, Kim is based between New York and southern France. In addition to achieving notable awards for her work, Kim has also enjoyed the addition of her art to important collections, including the Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio in Torino and the Museum Sbygningen in Copenhagen.