Taeil Kim

Taeil Kim

Seoul, South Korea

About Taeil Kim

Taeil Kim begins his art by thinking, "how will I observe and re-create the figure?" Influenced by his observations of peoples' daily interactions with nature, he is able to create moving and unique portraits. Kim is heavily influenced by the work of such masters as Rembrandt and 19th Century Impressionism. These influences are reflected in the expressive brushwork and heavy use of Chiaroscuro he employs to add drama and depth to his paintings. The result is a beautiful and cohesive body of work. Kim received his MFA in Fine Art, Illustration from the Academy of Art University in 2012.


MFA Illustration, Academy of Art University,San Francisco,CA,2012
BFA Graphic Design, Seoul National University of Science and Technology,Seoul,Korea,1991


2018 Portrait Society of America “International Portrait Competition’s Select 50”
2014 Portrait Society of America 2015
Member's only Competition 5th Place
2013 “Best Buildings” Award 2013 PleinAir Salon.
2012 Finalist - Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence competition
2012 Finalist - The Artist’s Magazine, 29th Annual Art Competition


SEP 2019 4th Solo Exhibitions “Women’s stories” P for Y. Seoul
MAY 2018 3rd Solo Exhibitions “Reality and Ideality - Portrait” P for Y.Seoul
SEP 2017: Solo Shows “Reality and Ideality” -Nude. Is Gallery, Seoul
Dec 2015: Group Show "17 Artists" Namtaeryung Gallery, Seoul
Nov 2015: Group Show "Seomimo" The Space Gallery, Seoul
Mar 2013: Solo Shows “Reality and Ideality” Cannery Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Dec 2012 Annual Fine art Winter Show, The Cannery, San Francisco, CA
May 2012 Annual Spring Show, The Cannery, San Francisco, CA