Yooyeon Nam

Artexpo New York 2024

April 4 – 7, 2024

I live and work in Brooklyn, NY and Seoul, South Korea. Growing up in Korea, I had a rigorous academic education and although I always wanted to be an artist there was an immense amount of pressure to study something more financially stable. In 2013, I went to a business school at Yonsei University, however, I still wanted to be an artist, so I started to teach myself. I had been to art classes as a kid, so I knew a few basic things. In school, I went to a painting club, and I participated in some group shows and even solo shows in various venues. Self-teaching and finding venues to show my work were the beginning point of my journey in the art world, which was around 2015. After graduating from business school, I decided that I needed to go back and follow my true passion for painting- even if it meant starting from scratch in a new environment. I also have been working in an office using my business degree, but being a painter has always been my priority. In 2017, I applied to art schools in the U.S. to be a part of a larger art scene and was accepted at Pratt Institute. The reason I chose the U.S. was that I wanted to study oil painting, which is western traditional medium, and that English is a language I could speak fluently. I earned my BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, graduating with the highest honors and excellence in academic achievement. After graduating from Pratt in 2023, I am staying in Brooklyn, New York, working on my paintings, showing my works to the public whenever I have some opportunities, and working as a painting assistant.

Oh Well, The Truth Is…, 2023
Oil on canvas
40″ x 30″
Siblings, 2023
Oil on canvas
36″ x 36″