Born in Pusan , Kyu-Baik Hwang was a well-established painter in Korea by 1968, when he decided to seek new challenges in Europe. In Paris, he studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre and printmaking at the celebrated Atelier 17. Working with founder Stanley Hayter, a most innovative printmaker of the 20th century, Hwang mastered various intaglio techniques. He moved to New York City in 1970, where he was to reside for thirty years. Hwang was primarily working in color mezzotint, a print medium to which he now devotes himself.
Soft lighting and colors both vivid and subdued, depict familiar objects in surreal settings. His prints present a serene world of unexpected classical calm while offering the viewer new meanings and recognition of reality.
Twice prize winner at the Ljublijana Print Biennale in the former Yugoslavia, and prize winner at the Bradford Print Biennale, England, Hwang has had numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, Korea, Yugoslavia, Germany, France, Norway, England and the United States. His work is found in collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The British Museum, London; The National Gallery, Oslo; the Uffizi Museum, Italy; and the Museé d’Art Moderne, Paris, inter al.
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