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 design firm JDA Inc. In late 2019, I co-founded the visual artists group Art Clout, which connects and promotes artists in the greater Long Beach area. In early 2020, I went freelance with my graphic design work to devote more time to my fine art projects, and in the fall of 2022 I became part of the adjunct faculty at Irvine Valley College, in the Digital Media Art Dept, adding teaching to my list of pursuits.