Kwang Hyun Kim is a Korean artist who was born in 1982 in South Korea and currently resides in Busan.
His paintings focus on the feelings of loneliness, contemplation and passion. His detailed acrylic on canvas pieces feature intriguing characters with odd facial expressions. His style is deeply inspired by his father’s work as a cartoonist, as well as traditional Buddhist art.
Kim’s figures are depicted in a state of introspection, as if in a trance, suggesting moments of self-reflection which can be experienced by anyone who looks at his work. Through his art, he brings to light the beauty and sometimes pain found within human nature.
The emotional intensity found in each painting encourages viewers to contemplate the feelings they see expressed in the artwork and how it relates to them personally.
Kwang Hyun Kim creates visually captivating surfaces through his obsessiveness with craftsmanship. The female figures in his paintings are portrayed with odd facial expressions that percolate feelings of passion, emptiness and loneliness. His work is inspired by his father’s work as a cartoonist as well as Buddhist art.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Kyungsung University (2010).