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ABOUT

Kyoosang Choi(최규상), AKA MonQ, was born in a small town in South Korea. He was raised in Korea, New Zealand, Canada and United States, and has traveled places around the world during his youth, where he saw multiple aspects of life and presence, co-existing in one world. He studied art in New York and is finishing Master of Theology in Los Angeles, while craving to make achievements in art and philosophy.

“The essence of Art is the truth of presence taking place in a work of art.”     – Martin Heidegger

Definition of art and its existential value has been controversial issue for thousands of years. No one has yet closed the debate. Whether the issue can be perfected can also be a matter of controversy. Perhaps the issue is a question with infinite number of answers.

Whether art and act of art-making is an indispensable matter to human or not, we have continuously created and consumed art, wherever, whenever, and somehow in our human history. However, it only has been few thousands of years(which is a glimpse of time compare to the entire history of our being) since the first conversation about the essence of art has begun. The cogitation about art brought up the following issues related to ‘what is more beautiful, what is more true, and what is more right’. And for thousands of years after, human civilizations have made great academic, technologic and intellectual accomplishments and are communicating within themselves, creating more and more numbers of possibilities faster than ever before. As we see more things, more art is being created, taking place, and being expressed and debated more frequently and broadly. On the other hand of our developement, questions had to be made about the traditions and beliefs each civilizations have founded and built upon, and dispersing borderline of judgemental standards each have been kept, even with their lives. Presence of arche seemed to be denied. As a result, finding borderline(s) in our intellectual, ethical, and judgemental standard has become one of critical contemporary issues widly and individually.

I have always believed that there are ways for two or more conflicting or opposing elements, ideas, characteristics, standards to co-exist. Perhaps our history already proves that the form of co-existance could be a ‘real’ thing, which we call it “harmony”, only when we try to achieve it. It is a contemporary artist’s duty to pursue the harmony and ‘what is real’, in the flooding capabilities and abilities, and express and claim it in the best and the most beautiful form one can make.

Kyoosang Choi(MonQ) is a young and ambitious artist, living in Los Angeles, who eagers to explore any possible type of projects, which he believes there’s something to learn from, and, of course, that interests him. He has successfully completed projects in international fields of gallery exhibition, editorial, book illustration, printing and mural painting, and is still growing and building his career as an artist. He also has been preparing for thesis for degree of Master of Theology, for and about better understanding of our culture and developement of our ideaologies and reasoning process. Within his works, he enjoys placing two or more conflicting elements or ideas in a work and chase sparking questions from the conflicts according to the rules he has set, which, in the end, completes themselves as a work of art. He finds clues of his works from his studies of philosophy and theology, or from any forms of information that he obtains through study, including science, history and mathematics. He believes that boundless knowledge from the past, clear recognition of the present, and careful prediction and wild imagination towards the future will let himself MAKE REAL. 

 

Education

BFA Illustration, School of Visual Arts, NY (2016)

MAT Theology, World Mission University, LA (2019)

Exhibition

"Crime and Punishment" SVA Junior Show - SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York (2015)

"Senior Show" - 380 2nd Ave, New York (2016)

"Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition" - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York (2016)

"International Emerging Artists 2016" - Olivia Park Gallery, New York (2016)

"29th September Competition" - Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria (2016)

"Print Show with Bruce Waldman"  - Mehu Gallery, New York (2016)

“MaKe Real” - 276 5th ave, New York (2016)

"In the Deep end" - Gallery 114, Portland (2017)

"Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition" - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York (2017)

"Underbelly" - H Gallery, Ventura (2017)

"Do-Arte Drawing Exhibition" - Gallery Do-arte, Los Angeles (2017)

“Art & Fashion” - TAK GALLERY, Seoul (2018)

“SALUT! III” - Nucleus Portland, 1445 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR (2018)

“Impression” - Las Laguna Gallery, 577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA (2019)

PUBLICATION

Labyrinth, collaboration with Jaeun Seok - Superior Magazine (2015)

Crime and Punishment, gate-fold multi-image announcement card - School of Visual Arts (2015)

SVA 2016, T-shirts design for freshman and outgoing students - School of Visual Arts (2016)

International Emerging Artists - New York Korea Times (2016)

Saving the World from Smallpox, eBook - ReadWorks (2017)

Gumboot Dance from South Africa, eBook - ReadWorks (2017)

Desert Baroque, series illustration - 7x7 Magazine (2017)

Art & Fashion, poster design - TAK gallery (2018)

Standing on Roof of Africa, eBook - ReadWorks (2019)

MELO ‘Melo smells like’, album design - New Music (2019)

Lincoln and the 13th amendment to End Slavery, eBook - ReadWorks (2019)

To the End of the Earth, bookcover design - Lim Sungjin (2019)

Mission Theology, bookcover design - Lim Sungjin (2019)

Tongue, bookcover design - Choi Ye Hwan (2019)

COMMISSIONED WORKS

Office mural, Broderville Pictures (2016)

Store mural, Miibox Irvine (2017)

Interior design and mural, Akuma Raman & Sushi (2018)

Store mural, Madison & Park coffee (2019)

AWARDS

"BFA Illustration and Cartooning Award" - SVA Alumni Society (2016)

"Gallery Do-Arte Drawing Comepetition - Gold Price" - Gallery Do-Arte (2017)