Ik-Joong Kang, Cheong Ju, Korea 1960
Ik-Joong Kang was born in Cheongju, Korea, in 1960 and received his BFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea, in 1984. He moved to New York in 1984 to study at Pratt Institute where he received his MFA in 1988. He has exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York (1996); a two-person show with Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut (1994); and group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1996); 47th Venice Biennale (1997), Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2000), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2010) and the Korean Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo (2010). Kang has received awards and fellowships including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship and Special Merit Award, 47th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 1997. Kang acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Unification in the process of collecting drawings and materials from people displaced from North to South Korea as a consequence of the Korean War.