Kyong Ae Kim


I am intrigued by the symbiotic relationships of ecology. Living creatures, while fragile and vulnerable, are constantly challenged by their surroundings to evolve and hybridize. My recent work, ‘Paper Stroke’ and ‘The Skulls’ are created with an imaginary and futuristic sense that directs us to the responsibility of seeking a peaceful co-existence within our world.

“Paper Stroke’ and ‘The Skulls’ series rely on my own methodology, complexity (the process) within simplicity (the final surface). Digital processes are interplayed with conventional artistic medium (painting, hand cutting, and drawing). In my studio, miniature figurines are sculpted with clay. Then these figurines are photographed and digitally manipulated for further transformation. Subsequently, the digital images are transformed into multiple layers to imply the time and evolutionary processes. My latest work, “The Skulls” series is sourced from photographs of endangered species such as the polar bear and elephant. I oscillate between the virtual and physical steps to amplify the images. These stepwise processes are vital to precisely eliminate, build on, layer, simplify, and hybridize the forms to generate the complexity (the process) within simplicity (the final surface) in my work.


  • Master of Fine Arts, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2005
  • School of Visual Arts Summer Studio Residency Program, 2002
  • Painting and mixed media, New York, New York, 2002
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, The School of Arts, Chung-Ang University, S. Korea, 1995-1999


  • 2016

    • The Skulls, SoMA Grand, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015

    • Seeking Balance, Vessel gallery, Oakland, CA
  • 2013

    • Art at Google, Google San Francisco, CA
  • 2010

    • Netherworld, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2006

    • Junglescape, OHT gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2004

    • Absorbed Jungle, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA


  • 2016

    • Cut Up/Cut Out, Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA (Set to travel nationally through 2020)
    • New Next Paper, San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA
    • NightLife at California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
    • COMMAND:amplify, Vessel Galley, Oakland, CA
    • New Growth 2016, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
    • Art Market San Francisco, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
    • 2016 Left Coastal Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
    • 3rd Annual Art Show, Piedmont Center for the Arts, CA
  • 2015

    • Emerging Artists of the Bay Area, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
    • APATURE, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • StARTup Art Fair, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA
    • Fresh Works V, Firehouse Art Center, Pleasanton, CA
    • Bay Area Art Now, SOMArts Cultural Canter, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012

    • Sitelines Beard Gallery, Watson Fine Arts at Wheaton College, MA
    • Time Flies: 2 Years at Drive-By, Watertown, MA
  • 2011

    • Oh Deer!, Drive-by, Watertown, MA
  • 2009

    • The Lobby, BK Projects, OHT Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2008

    • Aqua Hotel, Aqua Art fair, Miami, FL,
    • ART cetera Gala Auction, Boston Center for the Arts/Cyclorama, Boston, MA
  • 2007

    • Aqua Wynwood, Aqua Art fair, Miami, FL
    • Emerge: Work on Paper, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, LA
  • 2006

    • ART cetera Gala Auction, Boston Center for the Arts/Cyclorama, Boston, MA
    • Chuseok Gala Silent Auction, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    • Voice: Women in Contemporary Art Juried by Kara Walker
    • Maxwell Mays Gallery at Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
    • Surface Tension, 14 Annual Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, LA
  • 2005

    • Cream – From the Top, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
    • Junglescape, San Francisco Art Institute MFA Thesis Show, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
    • Swissnex - Annex of the Consulate Switzerland, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004

    • Ad Hoc, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • Postcard Show, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
    • Aesthetics of Cuteness, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
    • Imbued by Korean Artists Association, Gallery at Thoreau, San Francisco, CA
    • The Murphy & Codogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts
    • San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • New Nature: bioengineering art, Swissnex


  • 2015-2016

    Instructor for Acrylic and Water Based Media, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016

    Emerging Artists of the Bay Area, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
  • 2015

    2x2 Solo Award Nomination, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
  • 2006

    • Award of Distinction, Surface Tension, 14 Annual Art Exhibition
    • Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2004

    • Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA
    • Korean Honor Scholarship, The Embassy of Korea, Washington, D.C
  • 2004-2005

    • Teaching Assistantship (Drawing I), Professor: Bruce McGaw
    • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
    • Graduate Assistantship (Art Writing), Professor: Bill Berkson
    • San Francisco Art Institute
    • MFA Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002

    • Artist Grant Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


  • 2016

    • Ethereal Nature Inspired Paper Cut by Jasmine Wilson,
    • StrictlyPaper, June 21, 2006
    • San Jose ICA Opens Three Shows that Highlight Paper and Books
    • Jose Villarreal, ArrDaily, June 2016
    • The to do List, Cy Musiker, KQED, June, 2016
  • 2011

    • In Their Sights: Deer by Kate Mcquaid
    • Galleries, The Boston Globe, March 23, 2011
  • 2009

    • Dark Looks, NETHERWORLD at Judi Rotenberg Gallery
    • The Boston Globe, January 11, 2010
    • They’re Naturals by Kate Mcquaid, Art, The Boston Globe, January 19, 2010
  • 2007

    • New American Painting, The open studio press, Northeast Edition, Feb. 2007
  • 2006

    • ‘Kyong Ae Kim-Junglescape’ by Kate Mcquaid,
    • Gallery Pick, The Boston Globe, Oct. 26, 2006
    • Bill Van Siclen, ‘Voice:Women in Contemporary Art’
    • Providence Journal, May, 21, 2006, pg. I. 01
  • 2005

    • Richard Freedman, ‘Cream from the Top’, Times-Herald, July 24, 20pg.B8


  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea
  • Wellington Management Company, LLP, Boston, MA
  • Fidelity Investments Art Collection, Boston, MA