I was born in 1971 in Seoul, S. Korea, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1978. I obtained my BFA degree in Illustration from the Laguna College of Art & Design in 1995. After working for a few years in the marketing department of a large corporation, I entered the MFA Illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and earned my MFA degree in 1999. I came back out to California soon after graduation and started pursuing a career in painting and graphic design.
I’ve exhibited my work all over Southern California and have worked as a graphic designer and art director for over 20 years, most of that time for the Long Beach design firm JDA Inc. In early 2020, I decided to go freelance part time with my graphic design work to devote more time to my fine art projects.