Jae Yong Kim was born in South Korea in 1973 and at the age of three moved to Kuwait when his father was relocated as a regional director there of a construction company and lived with his family in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for a total of Five years. He spent most of his adolescence and youth in Seoul, South Korea, until he graduated high school and went alone to the United States in 1994 to pursue a university degree. His early experience of mobility and his move to the U.S. informs the concerns in his work- which is rooted to his desire to understand and find his identity and the meaning of the ‘Home.’ He explores these issues through the use of a surrogate subject in his work, such as his dog Momo and snails. He is recognized and noticed for his quirky, eclectic and humorous renditions of these subjects, and for his ability to create a relatable language for the viewer in order to deal with human issues such as cruelty, pain, anguish, joy, love, and friendship.

He attended and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts (in Ceramics and Sculpture) at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He was selected to participate in over forty group exhibitions such as the “East & West Clay Works Exhibition” at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in Japan and the Korean Craft Promotion Foundation Gallery in Seoul, Korea, “The LEAP Award Finalists Exhibition” at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA, “Generations: Impending Lineage” at the Art and Industry Gallery, San Diego, CA and others, as well as in various educational institution settings such as the Taub Hall Gallery at the Hartford Art School, George Siegel Gallery at Montclair State University, Coviant Gallery at University of South Florida, and Cranbrook Art Museum. He had a solo show “Snailing” at the New Century Artists Gallery in New York and the Visual Research Gallery in New Haven, CT, and four other solo shows in Manchester Community College, Gallery in the Wood, The University Gallery at the University of Bridgeport, and the Taub Hall Gallery at the Hartford Art School. He received the Juror Choice Award in a juror show, “Craft Forms” at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA from jurors Alex Karros, Myra Mimlitch Gray, Sandra Brownlee, First Prize from the “Wood Memorial Biennial” at the Gallery in the Wood in South Windsor, CT juried by Susan Cross, associate curator of the Guggenheim Museum, and the Best of Show Award at the “Contemporary Vision” show in the University Gallery in Bridgeport, CT, from juror Ivan Karp, owner of the O.K. Harris Gallery.

Jae Yong Kim is included in collections such as the University of Hartford, University of Bridgeport, as well as in homes of private and individual collectors. He participated in a summer residency at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, and a workshop with Sun-Ku Yhe, a ceramic sculptor at Alfred University. He was a visiting lecturer at Manchester Community College and the University of Bridgeport and currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of Art and design at Montclair State University.

The artist’s interest, research and studio practices extends from making individual ceramic pieces, to installation, and has an ongoing collaboration with a recognized fine jewelry designer, Sally Sohn, whose designs are found at high-end retailers such as New York Bergdorf Goodman, nationwide Neiman Marcus, Stanley Korshak and others. He is always open to experimentation with different media, and pushing different media to their fullest capacity and limit. The artist lives and works in Long Island City, NY.