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Yuni Ko


Last updated: April 3, 2015


Yuni ko studied at Emily Carr University Arts and Design in Vancouver and École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she studied her visual arts. B.A. She also studied interior design at Int'l Academy of Design in Toronto. She received a Children’s Art and Art Therapy Certificate at Korea Children’s Teacher Academy and the Children's Sexual Health Certificate at the City of Toronto Public Health Canada. Yuni is the recipient of several international juried art awards, including an invitation to the Seoul Art Fair 2013 as a Guest Artist. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows, art fairs, galleries and museums. Her work is found in private and public collections in the U.S., France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Korea and Canada. She is an innovative art teacher who inspires young people. Many of her students have received art awards and certificates and won art contests.


My passion for art started in my early teens, and was further enhanced when my family moved from Korea to Canada. My parents are adventurous travelers and they gave me opportunities to see the world and experience different cultures, societies, and art. I studied art in France and Canada and my work evolved into my own vision. Growing up in West Vancouver, surrounded by trees, mountains and ocean, I was profoundly influenced by the environment and its abundant beauty. I explored and painted the Canadian landscape and other subjects in a realistic style.

My current artwork is focused inward, on my feelings rather than on my studies of nature and other subjects. When I paint, I feel more in touch with my emotions, which led to my painting series called The Flow. The Flow represents the transitional movement of feelings and experiences throughout my life: joy, love, sorrow, courage, fear, pain, accidents, diseases, death, friendships, family, faith and hope. Life is always in a state of flux. I have learned to take each day as it flows. We cannot stop or control this movement; we recognize and adapt as we live it. All of us face challenges with weakness of our mind, body and spirit. If we are fortunate, new opportunities arise to liberate us. We begin again. This is the gift of life - to recognize that it flows.

Contrasting shades and textures characterize The Flow paintings. Dark shades symbolize the struggles of life and the light shades contain a sense of hope - the potential path to a more positive future. Metallic colors represent my identity. My father spent over 30 years in the metal business. His research lab inspired me to use metallic colors, and they symbolize a positive energy that flows through me. I find it intriguing that an artist’s emotions can be personalized through the heart of each viewer. This is my intention with The Flow.










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