DUCK JUN KWAK
Duck Jun Kwak (1937, Kyoto, Japan) is a painter, printmaker and conceptual artist of Korean ethnicity living in Japan. After graduating at the Kyoto Hiyoshigaoka Art High School (1955) and the Kyoto Contemporary Art Institute, Harumi School (1967), he first engaged in painting, through which he reflected his personal experiential world, marked by a near-death experience due to illness and by the complexity of his own identity because of his specific position as a member of the Korean minority in Japan. From the ‘70s onwards, he turned towards conceptual practices and created collages, photographs, video works and performances, in which he explored broader social phenomena and his place within them. For his work, he has received several important awards (International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, 1972; International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Seoul, 1984), and his works can be found in prominent museums (National Museum of Modern Arts, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern Arts, Kyoto; National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea).
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