Patty Kim was born in Seoul, Korea in 1970. She emigrated to the U.S.
in 1979. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Rochester institute
of Technology as an illustration major in 1994. During college she
worked as a billboard painter, working on 50-foot wide surfaces. After
college she worked as a staff illustrator for 2 large newspapers and a
freelance illustrator. She had her first solo exhibition in 1994 while
living near Chicago.
She received a Master of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts in New
York City in 1998. She studied under Marshall Arisman and Thomas
Woodruff, focusing on illustration and painting as visual essay. She
was a graphic designer in New York for 10 years, working for design
and advertising firms and was art director of Advertising Age
International. In 2001 and 2002 won Best of Long Island for her design
work for Newsday, Inc.
She began teaching art at Southampton College and Nyack College in
2002. She was professor of fine art, art history and graphic design.
She also taught at Art League of Long Island, and volunteered at
Gifted Hands, a non-profit organization that uses art to reach the
homeless, people living with AIDS and women in crisis.
In 2002 Patty Kim received an artist residency at Hall Farm Center for
Art and Education in Townshend, Vermont. In 2003 she received an
artist residency at Constance Saltonstall Foundation. In 2004 She was
artist-in-residence at the Lamb's Theater in New York City. Her
paintings have been exhibited at numerous group shows in galleries in
New York, the midwest and San Francisco as well as a solo show at
From 2006-2008 Patty Kim moved back to Seoul, Korea to reconnect with
her family and her cultural roots. She is currently focusing on
family, painting and teaching art. Patty Kim, her husband and 2
children live in Fairfax, Virginia.