KIM Jung Gi (let’s clear things out right away : KIM is a family name :)) is a Korean artist born in 1975 in Goyang-Si in the province of Kyongki-Do (South Korea). He was 19 when he entered the Fine Arts School where he majored in “Art & Design”. During 3 years, he studied on the west coast at the Dong-Eui university of Busan which is famous for its technical courses. His 23 000 fellow students may also have given him some nice material to start with as a source of inspiration ! Like every man in Korea he also served in the army during more than 2 years, in the special forces section, which allowed him to memorize an amazing number of vehicules and weapons.
Funny Funny, KJG’s first publication, was published in the manwha (comic book) Young Jump. Then came several short stories and a few exhibitions before KJG started to teach manwha at universities and private schools.
Between 2008 and 2010, he drew the 6 volumes of « TLT, Tiger the Long Tail » adapting a scenario from Seung-Jin PARK. This story first appeared as a ‘webtoon’ (online publication, which explains the unusual composition of the pages) then it was later published in printed form by CNC Revolution editions.
In 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, he published 5 Sketchbooks which gathered nearly 3500 pages of his art. He also published two comics : “SpyGames” with the famous french writer Jean-David Morvan in 2014 (Glénat Editions) and “McCurry, NYC, 9/11” in 2016 (Dupuis Edition in French, Caurette Editions in English), a story of the world famous photographer Steve McCurry (remember this National Geographic picture of the Afghan Girl ?) also with JD Morvan.
He has also worked for various publishers in the USA to do cover art (Flash, Civil War II …) and several Video Games companies.
Kim Jung Gi has exposed his work in many countries, galleries (Maghen in Paris, Scott Eder in New York…) or Museum (Penang, Malaysia). He also entered the Guiness Book of Record for the “Longest drawing by an individual for the Fisheye Art” Illustration category.
Today, when he is not working for some Korean company in advertising or managing AniChanga, his drawing school in Seoul, he’s travelling the world to meet his fans and get inspiration !