Jung-seok Oh

When Jung-seok Oh was 11 years old, his art teacher inserted the pictures of Jung-seok's art work into his master’s thesis, and he said that he hoped Jung-seok to continue his art activities. Since then, Jung-seok has been doing drawing and making anything he wants for about 30 years now. Born with outstanding artistic talent in a small city, Pyeong-taek in South Korea, Jung-seok naturally thought it was his vocation to become an artist. More interested in sculpture, he was fascinated with exploring especially wood as a material. He wrote a master's thesis titled A Study of Autobiography in Post-Modern Era through a series of his wood works, Persona series. One of his works caught the eye of the former president, Roh Moo-hyun, and is owned in his house which is open to public.

While living in gratitude for his life as an artist, he was suddenly diagnosed with cancer. His health was in a dangerous situation as he received surgery and chemotherapy. Yet he recovered miraculously, winning the battle against cancer. In struggling against cancer, Jung-seok saw the value of the life of not just himself, but of all life forms on earth. Capturing the images of various endangered species that are being threatened by human interventions or are disappearing because of yet unknown reasons, Jung-seok produces unforgettable works of art. His endeavors have made him a truly remarkable Korean artist. He is an artist who records every moment of our lives as a work that should not be forgotten. He also constantly explores new art forms including a groundbreaking attempt to draw using a drone. Now, he seeks to expand his sphere of activities by studying and creating art in the United States together with his beloved wife who loves and care for him deeply.