Ian Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1941.
His talent was discovered by his art teacher when he was in Jr. High.
His love for art was very active throughout High School and Hongik Art College.
He has dedicated his whole life to art. He later immigrated to the United States in 1972.
From N.Y to L.A, he settled down and he opened up his first art gallery “Artist in Residence” in a shopping mall center in the city of La Mirada, California.
Because of the demands from hundreds of people, he turned to teaching. He started teaching students for the next 28 years, on oil paintings of landscapes, seascapes, portraits, and animals.
Also, he has a YOUTUBE channel IANK’s on how to paint portraits in 4 steps and many more.
He had thousands of commission works in his life and numerous awards in his life. His works were shown in many exhibitions and ART EXPOs in Los Angeles.
He has been deeply involved in realism but gradually fascinately and added impression color patterns in natures particularly to human figures on his paintings.