Soonhwa Kang
Visual artist / designer

I was born and grown up in Tokyo with Korean heritage, and now residing in Haarlem (NL). Since my childhood, I love to read and paint. I studied German literature at a university in Tokyo. After my study, I have been working for over 20 years as a visual designer for socially responsible organizations and small start-ups. In 2020, I finished studying Fine Arts and Sumi-e (Japanese ink wash painting). I believe that the combination of design and art in my work life makes my visual communication richer and helps to find new ways.

Artist statement

The sense of not belonging as a Korean-Japanese has had a big impact on how I think and feel. What makes people feel rooted? How is your identity formed? I stay intrigued by those questions. Although this identity struggle gave me some painful experiences, it also inspired me to make my own expression in art. I share my story through paintings and sculptures, to show not only vulnerability and sensitivity but also resilience.

Education
2015-2020
School of Fine Arts KHL, Haarlem, The Netherlands

1995-1998
Rikkyo (St. Paul) University, Tokyo, Japan
BA, German Literature

Courses
2018-2020
Sumi-e-Course of International Sumi-e Association, Leiden, The Netherlands

2006-2007
School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

Solo show
2020 Galerie Windows 47, Haarlem

Collective shows
2020 Haarlem Hats, Achter de Raam, Amsterdam
2019 3D Expo, KHL, Haarlem
2017 Ateliers 2005, Amstelveen
2016 C-Lab, KunstWest, Amsterdam

Creative workshops
2015 Festive Craft Extravaganza, Jacaranda Tree Montessori, Amsterdam
2015 Tanabatakai, Jacaranda Tree Montessori, Amsterdam
2014 Tanabatakai, Jacaranda Tree Montessori, Amsterdam
2013 Tanabatakai, Jacaranda Tree Montessori, Amsterdam