權鎭圭, Kwon JinKyu
A pioneer of contemporary sculpture in Korea, Kwon Jinkyu (1922-1973) is known for his genuine figurative sculptures that display the depth and spiritual purity of his subject matters. Kwon created realistic self-portrait sculptures, animal sculptures, and female figures modeled after his acquaintances. Kwon used distinctive mediums of terracotta and dry coating, establishing the notion of 'Korean realism' through his figurative sculptures. Kwon majored in sculpture at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo and held three exhibitions at the Press Center Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Tokyo Nihonbashi (Tokyo, Japan), and Myeongdong Gallery (Seoul, Korea) during his lifetime. He taught at the department of architecture at Seoul National University, and at the department of sculpture at Hongik University before his death in 1973.