Kyoosang Choi, AKA MonQ, is a Los Angeles based artist, who makes eccentric and obsessive works in many visual forms, including pen drawing, painted panels, silverpoint, etching, spray paint, and digital.
As Leonardo da Vinci dissected bodies to ‘understand’ the body and to paint them, the first goal MonQ had was to ‘understand’ the world he draws and paints. But while he traveled around the world since young and studied art in School of Visual Arts, New York, he experienced and learned about various aspects, perspectives and dimensions co-existing in one world. And there wasn’t ‘a way’ to understand it. So in order to get closer to understanding, he decided to dissect the world into pixels, gave value to them as mosaics, and recomposed them, to study, experiment, and explain the world as a form of visual art.
MonQ still is on his journey to have better understanding of the world. And indeed, he stays fearless on walking into unknown world and experimenting, while he takes time to study classics and traditions. He believes that boundless knowledge from past, clear recognition of the present, and careful prediction and wild imagination towards future will let him MAKE REAL.
BFA Illustration, School of Visual Arts, NY (2016)
MAT Theology, World Mission University, CA (2020)
"Crime and Punishment" SVA Junior Show - SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY (2015)
"Senior Show" - 380 2nd Ave, New York, NY (2016)
"2016 Student Scholarship competition" Society of Illustrators Exhibition - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY (2016)
"International Emerging Artists 2016" - Olivia Park Gallery, 16 west 32nd st, New York, NY (2016)
"29th September Competition" - Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 2nd St, Alexandria, LA (2016)
"Group Show with Bruce Waldman" - Mehu Gallery, 21 W. 100th st, New York, NY (2016)
"In the Deep end" - Gallery 114, 1100 NW Glisan st. Portland, OR (2017)
"2017 Student Scholarship competition" Society of Illustrators Exhibition - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY (2017)
"Underbelly" - H Gallery, 1793 E Main St, Ventura, CA (2017)
"Do Arte Drawing Exhibition" - Gallery Do-arte, 4556 Council st. #A, Los Angeles, CA (2017)
“Art & Fashion” - TAK GALLERY, Mapo Seokyo 469-11, Seoul, KR (2018)
“SALUT! III” - Nucleus Portland, 1445 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR (2018)
“Impression” - Las Laguna Gallery, 577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA (2019)
"BFA Illustration and Cartooning Award" - SVA Alumni Society (2016)
"Gallery Do-Arte Drawing Comepetition - Gold Price" - Gallery Do-Arte (2017)