Stella S. Kang was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Seoul Sangmyung University. After her graduation, she ran a private art institute for ten years, then immigrated to Canada.
She was deeply attracted by and fascinated with Hanji (Korean Traditional paper) and had a strong passion for fine arts which led her to study continuously focusing on Hanji art. She exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions around Ontario.
Her works are mostly based on the unique, traditional Korean techniques. However she has developed its own method, utilizing Hanji art with Canadian contemporary culture. Her desires are to engage the viewers by connecting her state of mind with them through her art pieces, as well as connect ancient with contemporary arts using a mixture of both Korean and Canadian characteristics.
"Art is one's trace; It cannot force viewers to know it wholly but it guides them to follow the process to discover and understand the intentions behind what the artist has conveyed. I get infinite imagination and creativity while I work on innovative, imagery two-dimensional abstract Hanji arts or three-dimensional sculptural Hanji craft arts."
Stella's ambition and lifelong goal is to introduce the timeless beauty of Hanji crafts to other people in her community so that it may become more appreciated and known.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sang-Myung University Seoul, Korea
2015-Alpha Education, History+ART=Peace, Art Contest Juried Show, First Place
2014-The Best award in a Juried Spring Art show of Willowdale Group of Artists
2012-Honourable Mention, Prize at Hyetae Crown Korean Company Contest
2012-15 Korean Paper Art Instructor, Galleria Korean Community Centre
2012 Korean paper Art Instructor, Korean Canadian Cultural Association (KCCA)
1990-2000 Crayon Art Academy, Head Instructor
2017 The 21st Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival 2017 May 21 Honourable Mention Prize