Ana Kim (b. 1995, South Korea) is an individual artist or painter. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. She is now working as an artist in two cities- Seoul and Chicago.

Ana calls herself an artist who creates a new genre and translation through miscellaneous rearrangement of animals and nature, and her practice is pursuing modern surrealism. By using animals and nature, she creates a different atmosphere by arranging subjects together, which does not usually go along together. She wants to go beyond the notions of life, nature, and everything by breaking the habitats. She is trying to open up her own and her audiences’ perspectives. Creating new order, that is her way of communicating through art and challenging herself against norms.


Moreover, Ana focuses on the originality of fine art because making it in traditional or non-duplicable ways is important to her. Yet, she also values the transition of the art world. Therefore, she utilizes new tools to produce and present her works. She hopes that her audiences approach her paintings with unlimited definitions, and her paintings give her audiences as much pleasure as she has received while painting.

Statement

Imagination is now limited. The norms and perceptions of the current world create boundaries in people’s minds. By transforming the rules of nature within my paintings, I seek to use my visual voice to convey my genre with no boundaries. The subjects within my paintings do not correlate with normal ecosystems, food chains, or habitats. My work also strives to address environmental and societal issues. By redefining nature, I question: what is the norm, and who defines it? As a contemporary surrealist painter, I create art that disregards—that violates—expectations and is demarcated from vague notions of reality.


Audiences interpret art differently depending on their own culture and experiences. Though their translations may vary, they all seem to be aware that animals in my paintings are threatened. I hope to express that wildlife and humans live on the same earth, but animals' lives are more easily disregarded. Recognizing the problematic endangerment of wildlife is central to transitioning from conflict to peaceful coexistence. Most of the animals in my painting are endangered, due to human greed and ignorance of the environment. Humanities nowadays are living under the pandemic since 2020. From a wildlife perspective, their “pandemic” has been happening for centuries. Our neglect could create a recurring cycle of development and destruction.


Alternatively, as an Asian woman, a feminist, and a supporter of ‘All Lives Matter,’ I have been implementing a new progressive perspective in my paintings. My color palette draws from the intersection of being bold, positive, strong, and independent. Canvases do not have any race, sexuality, ethnicity, or nationality. From the space of the canvas, I can become neutral without any colored glasses. Thus, it is an important tool to compel audiences to reject any stereotypes they may have. Painting wildlife animals located in rather unsuitable environments, I seek to convey that no stereotypes exist in my flat canvas.


My works mainly diverge into two series: direct depiction and implicit depiction. Direct depiction is composed of saturated scenes inspired by my dreams and sights. The sub-series, Window, portrays our standardized norms that interfere with the possibility of imagination. Also, it acts as an opened door to introduce the audience to my translation. Rather, subjects on implicit depiction are merged to each other in simple forms, illustrated by bold colors depicted from ‘my’ nature. This includes any attempt to simplify my visual representation and let my viewers define further with wider views.


My oeuvres are created with paint and canvas. While technology has brought new forms of art, I insist on maintaining traditional painting methods because I believe that new forms are derived from traditional forms. How people view art is often connected to the stereotypes the community has formed. My responsibility as an artist is to create a distinctive genre that could open up audiences’ imaginations against existing boundaries. To do so, I attempt to excavate new perspectives and further accept all differences, abnormalities, and conflicts.




CV

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 2014 – May 2018, BFA in Painting

EF Academy New York, Class of 2014, International Baccalaureate in Art


Exhibitions

2023

(Upcoming) | Tokyo International Art Fair – Tokyo, Japan

2022

(Upcoming) | Hairpin Arts Center – Chicago, IL

Focus Art Fair | Carrousel du Louvre – Paris, France

Salon de Refuse | Kunsthalle DarmstadtDarmstadt, Germany

ART-IN-PLACE | Companion Cooperative – Chicago, IL

Salon de Refuse | Companion CooperativeChicago, IL

Art for Peace | Hands of Peace Glenview, IL

Extinction | The Syzygy Project – Virtual

Contemporary lll | Boomer Gallery – London, UK

One of a Kind Show | The Mart – Chicago, IL

Artwalls | Fulton Street Collective – Chicago, IL

Love: In Real Life | Leslie Wolfe Gallery – Chicago, IL

2021

The Other Art Fair | Dallas Market Hall – Dallas, TX

The 40 Windows | Global Gallery ArtistRoom Organization – Virtual

The “6x6” | Blick Art Materials – Chicago, IL

April 2021 Exhibition | Homewood Arts Council – Virtual

Happy Birthday Chicago | Echoes of Chicago – Virtual

2020

Garden of Colours | Public Gallery – Seoul, South Korea

Spectrum-Xmas | Spectrum Gallery – Seoul, South Korea

2020 Korea Art Management Service Art Rental Project | Gallery Vinci – Seoul, South Korea

Stubborn Visionaries | Spectrum Gallery – Seoul, South Korea

Every Art – Myeongdong Cathedral Art Fair | D-Art Yo Gallery – Seoul, South Korea

"Winter 2020" solo exhibition | Yonsei Hospital Eunpyung – Seoul, Korea

2019

2019 T Festa | Myungdong Tourism Association & Seoul Jung-gu District – Seoul, Korea

SEEA 2019 | Seongnam Arts Center, Gallery 808 – Seongnam, South Korea

Seoul Art Show | COEX – Seoul, South Korea

Catzilla 7 Art | Hairpin Arts center – Chicago, IL

Peace, Love & Understanding | Gallery 1070 – Chicago, IL

3rd Annual Garden Gallery | Sweat Local Chicago – Chicago, IL

4th Esprit Nouveau de la Galarie AIAM | Conseil Gallery – Seoul, South Korea

555 Special | Light Space and Time Art Gallery – Palm Springs, CA

CreativiTea Artist - Collaborate project | Argo Tea 1 S Franklin – Chicago, IL

Winter 2019 | Gallery A-Brick – Seoul, South Korea

2018

Artrooms Fair Seoul 2018 | Artrooms Fair – Seoul, South Korea

2nd Annual Garden Gallery | Sweat Local Chicago – Chicago, IL

Canvas Chicago | Activate! Chicago – Chicago, IL

Festival Launch: A Night That Pops | Flats Studio – Chicago, IL

2018 BFA Exhibition | Krannert Art Museum – Champaign, IL

Selfish | Independent Media Center – Champaign, IL

Fighting for Visibility | Asian American Cultural Center – Champaign, IL

Chapter one: Temperature of Colors | Fulton Street Collective - Chicago, IL

Recollection | Union Street Gallery - Chicago Heights, IL

2017

Painting and New Media Show| Link Gallery - Champaign, IL

Space for Mind | University YMCA - Champaign, IL

Self | Block Gallery - Champaign, IL

Asia Fest | Asian American Cultural Center - Champaign, IL

Painting and Sculpture Show| Link Gallery - Champaign, IL

2015

Art Foundation Show| Link Gallery - Champaign, IL

2014

ART International Baccalaureate Show | Tarrytown, NY


Residency

2022 Connect Residency, Hollie Davis Art

2022 The Rumpus Room, The House Theater of Chicago


Awards

2019 Special Recognition Award, Light Space and Time Gallery


Press & Publications

Art Web List. 21 June 2022. https://artweblist.com/ana-kim/

The Purposeful Mayonnaise. “A Literary and Art Journal Volume 1. Issue 5”. February/March 2022. https://www.thepurposefulmayo.com/issue-5

The Purposeful Mayonnaise. “The Bagel Hole”. 25 February 2022. https://www.thepurposefulmayo.com/the-bagel-hole-feb-25-22

Interview with Ana Kim. 06 January 2022. https://www.artjobs.com/arts/interview/ana-kim/interview-ana-kim

Ana Kim Now: Paintings by Ana Kim. 17 October 2021. https://books.apple.com/us/book/paintings-by-ana-kim/id1590718114?ls=1

Global Gallery Artistroom. “Artist Interview:Twenty Artists”. 1 September 2021. https://www.globalga.org/artists-gallery

Prisma Art Prize. “”Finalist for 8th Edition”. May 2021. https://www.prismaartprize.com/portfolio_page/window_polar-bear-by-ana-kim/

Public Gallery. “Reality Beyond Reality”. Public Gallery. 15 December 2020. https://post.naver.com/viewer/postView.nhn?volumeNo=30232067&memberNo=41384126

Jeong, C. “Spectrum X-mas, COVID19”. Arthub. 1 December 2020.

http://www.arthub.co.kr/sub01/board05_view.htm?No=33641

Gallery Vinci. “Love”. K-ARTSHARING. 13 October 2020. https://www.k-artsharing.kr/cms/brd/noti/boardPostsView.do?_sk=boardPostSchForm_69158F64AE60DF9CAA6D71E563B2D6AA&pstsId=00000000000000000376&pstsDiv=

Jeong, C. “Stubborn Visionaries”. Neolook. 6 October 2020. https://neolook.com/archives/20201006b

ArtinBlock. 16 December 2018. http://www.artinblock.com/content/1316


Collaborated & Associated with

- Influx Gallery, London

- Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

- Artsper, France

- Public Gallery, South Korea

- Korean Artist Welfare Foundation - Member since 2020

- Amities Internationales Andre Malraux - Member since 2019

- Open Gallery, South Korea

- Argo Tea, Chicago

- Art Agency - Art Soombi, South Korea

- Art Agency - Piece of Mood, South Korea


Participated

- “18th Annual Garden Happenings!” hosted by Bucktown Neighborhood and Garden Walk

-“17th Annual Garden Happenings!” hosted by Bucktown Neighborhood and Garden Walk

- Art event “Activate! Chicago” hosted by City of Chicago

- Korea Art Management Service Art Rental Project hosted by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Republic of Korea & Korea Art Management Service

- Art event “T Festa” hosted by Myungdong Tourism Association & Seoul Jung-gu District