I am a painter from Korea via NYC and a restaurant owner in Portland
Job Painter, master chef, restaurant owner / Spread, Fugi
Lives In Cape Elizabeth
I own and run Fuji and Spread. I moved to Portland in 2008 from New York City, where my West Village restaurant, Kirara, made one of Time Out Magazine's top 100 lists.
I studied painting both as an undergraduate and in graduate school at Hongik University in Seoul and worked as a painter until I moved to NYC in 1998. I have had solo painting exhibitions in NYC and Korea, most recently at White Box Gallery in Manhattan in 2011.
I had been fermenting an idea for 20 years about how to create a combined exhibition of food and painting. That project will finally be made public for the first time here in Portland in December of 2013 at Spread.
My work is with paint as much as it is with the creative minds of Maine's foremost art students.
I love to create synergy: people, places, ideas, and concepts that lead to awesome events!