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JONG RIM SONG

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As the magician of light,

I am a contemporary artist from South Korea, born in 1962, and currently live and work in New Jersey/New York. 

Born and raised in South Korea, I completed my bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Hong-Ik University College of Fine Arts in 1989 and pursued a Master of Fine Arts at NYU in 1995. 

My earlier work concentrated on etching and acrylic painting, portraying my unique interpretation of nature. As I further experimented and incorporated new styles and techniques into my work, it moved towards a visual art style. 

"As the magician of light, my exhibits artistic audacity to freely manipulate color and light to transform reality into a stunning fantasy world.

The light blooming from my fingertips and the perfect branding of the Bead create visual illusions and stimulate our imagination beyond space and time.

I use light as paint and beads as a canvas to create new forms of beauty that captivate our eyes and hearts."


I became a lecturer at Kyung-Won University, South Korea, and taught painting courses in 1997. My artwork has been shown in many exhibitions and art fairs in South Korea, the United States, Spain, and France. 

Artist Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

1994    M.A. New York University, New York   

1989    B.F.A. Painting, Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea     

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023   'Private Penthouse 3' Olyaa Gallery, New Jersey

2022   ‘Seductive Illusion’, Paris Koh Fine Arts, New Jersey

2018     Artspace SAY, Seoul, Korea

2010    ‘Through the Beads…’ Gallery Yegam, New York

             ‘Illusion of Transparency’ Jun Gallery, New York

2004    do Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

             Window Gallery – Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea

2000    La Maison de l’Olive, Paris

1997     Galerie Oniva, Paris

1994     Space Gam Mee Ok, New York

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT)

1998     Art Instructor in Kyung Won University (currently Gachon University), Korea

AWARD

2010    ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ from U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

             ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ from FBI, Newark

ART FAIR

2022    Incheon Asia Art Show 2022, Songdo, Korea by Paris Koh Fine Arts

             Seoul International Hotel Art Fair 2022, Seoul, Korea by Paris Koh Fine Arts

2021     PIAB 21 Art Fair “Premi Internacional d’Art de Barcelona 2021” Barcelona,                       Spain by Paris Koh Fine Arts

PUBLICATIONS (PUBLISHED WRITINGS, BROADCASTING NEWS)

2006    KBS TV News, Culture Salon “Modern Painting”

             YTN TV News, The topic of the exhibition "Material Aesthetics - Full Dinner"

2004    Dong-A Ilbo [Art] 'Does this also become art?- Various experiments with

             everyday materials', angelhuh@donga.com

             Herald  Economic News, 'Memo paper, beans, beads, and eraser powder also                become works of art', yrlee@heraldm.com

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022    ‘Goodbye 2022, Hi-Light Exhibition’ Paris Koh Fine Arts, New Jersey

              ‘Autumn Sonata’ The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, New Jersey

              ‘Circles-Centrifugal & Centripetal’ Paris Koh Fine Arts, New Jersey

              ‘Tiger is coming down’ Gala Art Center NYC, New York

2015     ‘Colors of Korea’ Henry Gallery, Penn State University, Pennsylvania

              Philadelphia Arts Connection

2014     ‘8 Holes’ Flushing Town Hall, New York

              Sponsored by Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation

             ‘8 Holes’ 481 Piermont Gallery, New York

             ‘Pixel’ Elga Wimmer-Hyun Contemporary Gallery, New York

2012     ‘Marching in March’ Gallery Chun, New York

2011      ‘Comfort and Confidence in Past and Present’ Riverside Gallery, New Jersey

              ‘Joy in Sharing’ Riverside Gallery, New Jersey

2010     ‘2010 Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration’ Newark Liberty                    International Airport, Invited by US Dept. of Homeland Security

              ‘2010 Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration’, Newark FBI,                        Invited by FBI Newark, NJ

2009    ‘Composition of Essential Nature’ Jun Gallery, New York           

2008    ‘Fourteen Hands’ The Closter Art Studio Inaugural Exhibition, New Jersey

2007    Samchungdong Gallery, Opening Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2006    ‘Full Dinner’ Choongmu Art Hall Gallery, Seoul, Korea

             Jungsaemmool Inspiration Special Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2005    ‘Dive into Life’ Incheon Shinsegye Department Store Gallery, Incheon, Korea

             ‘Go!Go! Funny Arts’ Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea

             ‘Movement on Silence’ Gallery DOS, Seoul, Korea

2004    ‘DAMYUNJUN’, Gallery Moro, Seoul, Korea

             ‘Christmas in 樂’, Gallery Demain, Seoul, Korea

2002    ‘GAKBOONGAKGUHJUN’, Inje Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

1999     '14 Artists Show’, Lindenberg Gallery, New York

1998     ‘Itinerary 98, Contemporary Art Exhibition’, Paris

             Invited by the Levallois-Perret City Hall Committee     

             ‘Small Works Show’, 402 Gallery, New York

             by The Organization of Independence Artists

             ‘The 1998 Salon Show-Media Madness’, Westbeth Gallery, New York

             Sponsored by N.Y.C. Dept of Cultural Affairs

1996     ‘Structure’, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York

             ‘New Flux’, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service, New York

1993     ‘Prints’, Rosenberg Gallery, New York

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