As a self described mostly straight Asian male, Chunbum Park, also known as Chun, explores gender fluidity and his fictive femme expression through art. Varying in texture and level of abstraction, the feminine figures of his work drift in and out of otherworldly color palettes. The exaggerated anatomy of his work in shrinking yet sexualized poses subvert the pathways of dominance that the oppression of queer people, women, and poc have made. Chun believes that the vulnerability in beauty and self-expression takes greater courage.
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.