EDUCATION:

MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE
OF ARTS
BOSTON, MA.

BFA Degree in Multi-Media
& Graphic Design
ABOUT
Young Kim was born in Seoul to Korean parents in the early 60s. Until the age of ten, Seoul was Kim’s home and the only cultural reference. Following emigration to the United States, Kim then spent his adolescence and early adulthood in the United States, where he became identified as being Korean -American. The successive experiences in Seoul and America left Kim possessed by two distinctive cultures under one skin; to him, neither fitting very well. He considered himself to be an American. However, in the eyes of others, he was, by all appearances, “Asian.”
After achieving a successful creative career in the U.S. advertising industry, Kim relocated to Tokyo in the 90s, taking on another challenge in his career path. Ironically enough, in returning to Asia, Kim found his alienation on a par with that of which he endured in America, only in reverse. His face fit, his persona did not. Dressing up as Suitman gave Kim the strength to confront the feeling of socio-cultural isolation and empowered him to explore his true identity.
Suitman is Kim’s living art created through his experience of living life as Suitman. Together, Suitman and Young Kim are interacting with all walks of life, gathering inspiration for their work, which comprises photography, film, installation, performance, and design objects. Their work is insightful, highly engaging, surprising, and always with a sense of humor.
PREVIOUS SHOWS
  • 2019 Seoul
      
    POW! WOW! Korea - Common Ground - Group Show

  • 2019 Busan   
    Art Busan - Winter Village - Group Show

  • 2016 Hong Kong   
    Beyond the Shutter - Agnès b.'s Librairie Galerie - Solo Show

  • 2013 Honolulu   
    POW! WOW! 13 - Lana Lane - Group Show

  • 2012 Hong Kong   
    DETOUR - Hong Kong - Group Show

  • 2012 Lyon   
    Suitman was here - Lorenzetti Gallery - Solo Show

  • 2012 Hong Kong   
    Market Force - Osage Gallery - Group Show

  • 2012 Hong Kong   
    Hawkerama - Fa Yuen Market - Group Show

  • 2012 Hong Kong   
    Public Fair No.1 - K11 - Group Show (Curator & Participating Artist)

  • 2012 Honolulu   
    POW! WOW! 12 - Loft in Space - Group Show

  • 2011 Seoul   
    Past, Present, and Future - Factory Gallery - Solo Show

  • 2011 Manila   
    To Be Continued - Intramuros Museum - Group Show

  • 2011 Hong Kong   
    Love the Future - Art East Island Gallery - Group Show

  • 2011 New York   
    J’dore New York - Agnès b. - Group Show

  • 2011 Honolulu   
    POW! WOW! 11 - Loft in Space - Group Show

  • 2010 Shanghai   
    Second Impression - Art Labor Gallery - Group Show

  • 2010 Seoul   
    Artists’ Production - Seoul Museum of Art - Group Show

  • 2010 New York   
    The New Grand Tour II @ Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery - Group Show

  • 2010 Hong Kong   
    Be stupid with KIM YOUNG ILL - Diesel - Solo Show

  • 2009 Hong Kong   
    Cultivate - Diesel - Group Show (Curator & Participating Artist)

  • 2009 Hong Kong   
    World in a Suitcase - Elements - Group Show

  • 2009 Seoul   
    Art In Bloom - Seoul Museum of Art - Group Show

  • 2009 Seoul   
    Suitman Portraits - Second Hotel - Solo Show

  • 2008 Seoul   
    Suitman Blow Ups - Jang Heung Art Park Museum - Group Show

  • 2008 Beijing   
    The New Grand Tour @ 789 - Group Show

  • 2007 Shanghai   
    For Her Eyes Only - Agnès b. - Solo Show

  • 2006 Singapore   
    Singapore Swinger - Agnès b. - Solo Show

  • 2006 Paris   
    Agnès b. 30th Anniversary Event@Olympia Theatre - Group Show

  • 2005 Taipei   
    Taiwan Forever - Agnès b. - Solo Show

  • 2005 Hong Kong   
    Hong Kong Invasion - Agnès b.'s Librairie Galerie - Solo Show

  • 2004 Tokyo   
    Tokyo Invasion @ Tokion - Solo Show

  • 2003 Paris   
    What about New York? - Agnès b. Galerie du Jour - Group Show

  • 2002 NY,LA   
    Dietch Project/ALIFE Traveling Store - Group Show

  • 2002 New York   
    Suitman's Travel @ ALIFE - Solo Show

  • 2002 Tokyo   
    Big Magazine - Asian Artists Group Show

ARTICLES, PRESS, & PUBLICATION:
For further inquiry, please contact:
SUITMAN/YOUNG KIM
Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 2 Suite 2107
70 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan
Hong Kong SAR