Sungyoon KIM
(b. 1985, Korea)
Lives and works in Seoul
Sungyoon KIM is a visual artist whose works are often created in the style of 19th century painter, John Singer Sargent (c. 1856 - 1925). However, this appropriation ends there, as Kim depicts a wide range of unique subject matter and settings. In this way, the artist draws attention to the question of the discontinuation of artistic practices and developments amid an ever-changing industrial and technological society.

Kim’s works balance on the border of portraits and still life. During his artistic process, he first takes a photograph of a model to act as reference for the subsequent oil painting. By selecting iconography such as forgotten Olympic athletes, sketch pads, and taxidermied animals, Kim further challenges artistic methods that have already secured their place in history by blurring the line between what is amateur and what is professional.

Sungyoon Kim was born in 1985 in Korea, and received his BFA from Kookmin University in Seoul in 2011. He has held several solo exhibitions around Korea, several of which have taken place at the internationally acclaimed Gallery Hyundai in Seoul. Additionally, Kim has participated in numerous group exhibitions since 2011. The majority of these exhibitions have been held in Korea in galleries such as gallery PURPLE, Insa Art Center, and the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, as well as an international exhibition held in the se.gallerie in Bergen, Norway. Kim received the Joongang Fine Arts Prize in 2011.

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