Chunbum Park

Chunbum Park

Born in Seoul, South Korea / Works in Palisades Park, NJ
BIO
Chunbum Park, also known as Chun, was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1991. He moved to the United States with his family in 2000 in order to attend school and learn English. Park graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN, in 2009, and briefly studied history and art at various schools and universities, including the University of Rochester (2009~2010), Bergen Community College (2011), and the Rhode Island School of Design (2011). As Park faced addiction problems to computer games and other personal issues, he could not finish his studies in painting and had to take voluntary leave from RISD in 2011. He studied painting on his own and on and off at the Art Students League of NY, and he returned to matriculated studies at the School of Visual Arts in 2017. He obtained his BFA in Fine Arts from SVA in 2020, and he is now an MFA Fine Arts Studio student at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
"My art has been like a mirror with which to examine myself. Why am I often attracted to this kind of beautiful imagery, dealing with femininity, eroticism, and sexuality in my work? I am trapped in my own male way of seeing, or the male gaze, and I cannot escape this nature despite my desire to become a woman in my fantasy. This is a contradiction - the desire to become a woman and my maleness that exercises the male gaze."
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