Born in Korea in 1917, Po Kim studied art in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to Korea in 1946 to establish Fine Art Department of Chosun University in Kwangju, Korea, where he was a professor and a chairman. In 1955, he came to United States on a fellowship at University of Illinois and eventually moved to New York City two years later. He taught briefly at New York University. In 2000, Po Kim received Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters from Chosun University. Po Kim's career as an artist spans more than six decades. Trained in academic style of painting in his student days, his works developed into abstraction in the fifties, and his mature style in the abstracted idiom. Po Kim passed on Feburary 7, 2014 in New York City.
SELETCTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Po Kim Solo Exhibition at Donghwa Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey
Retrospective at Korean national Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea
2005, 2003, 2000
Chosun University Art Museum in Kwangju, Korea
Nabi Gallery in New York City
Hankaram Art Museum and Seoul Art Center, Retrospective Exhibition in Seoul Korea
Haenah-Kent Gallery in New York
Gallery Hahn in Munich, Germany
Knoll International in Munich, Germany
Altes Dampfbad, Baden-Baden, Germany
Gallery of modern Art International, Baldham-Munich
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Korean Mission to the United Nations Gallery in New York
Kwangju City Museum in Kwangju Korea,"In the Search for the Root"
National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul Korea, "Encounter with Modernism"
Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, "Expressive Gesture".
Gary Snyder Fine Arts in New York,"Modern American Art, 1930-1975"
Smithsonian Institute, International Gallery in Washington DC,"Dream and Reality"
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University of New Jersey, "Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions"
Haenah-Kent Gallery in New York, "Jo Anne Larson, Po Kim, Lynda Benglis, Alan Shields, Ralph Wickser"
Henry Street Settlement, in New York TThe Gatherings of the Avant Garde: The Lower East Side, 1948-1970"
Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, "Korean Drawing Now".
Chicago Art Institute, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Korea, Seoul Art Center, Kwangju City Museum of Art in Korea, Hanlim Art Museum, Daejon, Korea and numerous public and private collections.
Morning, 2007, Collage & Acrylic on Canvas, 183 x 152 cm
Untitled, 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 183 x 152 cm