Aaron Chung is an artist from San Francisco, California and the first generation of his family to be born and raised in the United States. Inspired by his upbringing filled with cultural disconnect and language barriers, Aaron explores the perception of identity, Korean symbolism, and calligraphy. His curiosities sent him to South Korea as a Fulbright grantee, where he learned to incorporate traditional Korean painting into his practice. He primarily works with ink and mulberry paper. However, after his artist residency at Shiro Oni Studio in Japan, he was influenced by the aesthetic philosophy described in Jun Ichiro Tanizaki’s essay, In Praise of Shadows. He embraces nuance created by light and shadow and Wabi Sabi, the acceptance of transience.
Aaron has shown pieces in group shows at Baltimore's Subbasement Artist Studios and Current Space, galleries at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and The De Young Museum’s Youth Art Festival in San Francisco. Internationally, he has exhibited at the Kana Art Festival in Japan and at the Topohaus Art Center and United Art Gallery in South Korea. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art at MICA as a painting major and art history minor in 2013 and is currently residing and working in Brooklyn, New York.
Photo Credit: Nora Truskey