Steve Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. He immigrated to the United States and settled in New York in 1976. The full time artist currently resides in Bayside, New York with his wife Karen.
Kim is an accomplished realist painter in oils on canvas and displays a keen attention to details and masterly use of light and shadow. His paintings are admired for how he imbues scenes and subjects from everyday life with captivating moods and expressions.
His artistic talent was recognized early in life, having won First prize in a world wide children's art competition. He later attended The Art Student League in New York, NY, where he learned to advance his innate artistic skills from such renowned artists as Mary Beth Mckenzie and Costa Vagabiakis. While attending the League he received a top award for his painting of woman in the school's annual painting competition.
In addition to attracting many accolades for his art it received praise from Renee Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY, who states, " Whether it's a painting of woman seated in quiet contemplation or a diverse group of people in an underground subway track, Steve Kim portrays a dynamic range of the human experience which he enhances with an elated sense of poetry and controlled drama. Equally vibrant are his still life paintings and NYC buildings, reflecting the life-affirming beauty and perfection found in nature and architecture."
Kim's paintings are in numerous private collections throughout the U.S. His art work is in such public collections the St. James Church in Manhattan's Upper Eastside.
Prior to becoming a full-time painter, Kim worked as a successful designer for a company whose many clients included Louis Vuitton, Bloomingdales and Macy's.
For the past several years Kim's fine art career has been busy creating numerous commissioned paintings that include portrait, landscapes and still life. He now plans exhibit his artwork publicly by participating in the Washington Square Art Show in September, 2018