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KIM Jung Gi – let’s clear things out right away: KIM is his family name  – is a Korean artist born in 1975, in Goyang-Si, which is situated in the province of Kyongki-Do (South Korea). He was 19 when he entered the Fine Arts School, where he majored in “Art & Design”. He studied 3 years at Dong-Eui university in Busan, on the South East ...

KJG

KIM Jung Gi – let’s clear things out right away: KIM is his family name  – is a Korean artist born in 1975, in Goyang-Si, which is situated in the province of Kyongki-Do (South Korea). He was 19 when he entered the Fine Arts School, where he majored in “Art & Design”. He studied 3 years at Dong-Eui university in Busan, on the South East coast of Korea. This school is famous for its technical courses, but the 23 000 students that studied alongside him may also have provided good material to feed his inspiration! Like every man in Korea, he served in the army for over 2 years. He was in the Special Forces, which allowed him to memorize an amazing number of vehicles and weapons.

Funny Funny, KIM Jung Gi’s first publication, was published in the magazine Young Jump. Several short stories and a few exhibitions later, KIM Jung Gi –or KJG for short– started to teach manwha (Korean comic book) in universities and private schools.

Between 2008 and 2010, he drew the 6 volumes of TLT, Tiger the Long Tail, which was written by Seung-Jin PARK. This story first existed as a ‘webtoon’ – an online comic, which explains the unusual composition of the pages. TLT was later published in printed form by CNC Revolution. KIM Jung Gi went on to illustrate 2 novels written by the French author Bernard WERBER : “Paradise” (in 2010) and “Third Humanity” (2013).

The work for which KJG is now world-famous are his sketchbooks, of which he has published 6, which came out in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018 respectively. These, when gathered together, contain nearly 3500 pages full of drawings. In 2017, he also united his astonishing talent with the world renowned Japanese artist, KATSUYA Terada, publishing a spectacular sketchbook that shows off their mutual giant talents.

He has twice collaborated with the famous French comic writer, Jean-David Morvan; once for SpyGames, (published in 2014 by les Editions Glénat) and most recently illustrating McCurry, NYC, 9/11, published in 2016 by les Editions Dupuis for the French version, and by Caurette Editions for the English version. McCurry, NYC, 9/11,  is the first published biography of  the world famous photographer and journalist  Steve McCURRY –  his work includes the now iconic National Geographic cover of the Afghan Girl with the captivating green eyes – as he witnessed the  unforgettable scenes of 9/11 unfold before him.
He has also worked with several video game companies and collaborated on various comics in the USA (Flash, Civil War II …) or Europe (Kiliwatch, Caurette Editions) as cover artist.

KJG has displayed his work in many countries, galleries (Maghen in Paris, Scott Eder in New York, Murakami Takashi’s ‘GEISEI x infinity in Japan…) and museums (Penang, Malaysia). He is in the Guinness World Records, in the Illustration category under “Longest drawing by an individual”, a record he broke doing Fisheye art!

Nowadays, when he isn’t managing AniChanga, his drawing school in Seoul, or working for Korean advertising companies, he travels around the world for comic festivals, live drawing shows, to meet his fans and find inspiration!

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