Born in Hamkyung Bukdo, Onsung Kun, North Korea, he escaped from North Korea in March 1998, crossing the cold Tumen River near the border with China. He majored in fine arts at Hongik University in Seoul, which is a very prestigious art school. He has been drawing and painting subjects related to human rights abuses in North Korea. His goal as an artist is to enlighten the world about the brutal abuses of North Korea’s authoritarian regime and to condemn North Korea’s human rights violations through his work. He has been exhibiting his work worldwide, including a solo exhibition in Prague, Czech Republic, and a group exhibition in Dresden, Germany. He is currently preparing an exhibition in the United States.