Dancing with the Wind

Dancing with the Wind

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Dancing with the Wind, 2023
Acrylic on Wood Panel
10 x 8 x .75 in


This work was included in the "Postcards from Paradise" juried group exhibition at Voss Gallery (May 26 - July 1, 2023).


Originally from Seoul, South Korea, YouBeen Kim immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 in pursuit of a better education leaving her single mother behind in Korea. YouBeen faced culture shock as she landed in Utah, then finishing her high school years in Illinois. Struggling to communicate with people due to the language barrier, she turned to art as a means of expression and began creating landscapes and portraits to connect with others and ease her homesickness and loneliness.

Ultimately settling in California to further develop her artistic talents, she graduated from the Academy of Art University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Painting in 2015. Her work has continued to evolve and reflect her life experiences, exploring her Korean heritage and how being in America has added dimension to further shape that. Whether they are American pop star portraits, abstract expressionist paintings using Korean colors or literally her own self-portrait, all of these speak to the multi-faceted aspects of her identity.


Artwork is ready to hang on the wall; hanging wire is secured on the back (nail and hook needed). Dust raw canvas with a clean, soft brush and HEPA-filtered vacuum to clean. Using a new, clean brush prevents transfer of grime from previous dustings.


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