Byen Ung-Pil (1970-)
Artist Ung-Pil Byen (b.1970-) received BFA in Western painting from Dongguk University (Korea), and MFA in Fine art from Academy of Arts in Muenster (Germany) with completion of Meister program. So far, he has held about 10 solo exhibitions including (HORI Artspace-Seoul, 2021), (Arirang Gallery-Busan, 2018), (Gallery Joeun-Seoul, 2014), (UNC Gallery-Seoul, 2014), (window display of Gallery Hyundai-Seoul, 2013), (Arirang Gallery-Busan, 2012), Gallery Hyundai-Seoul, 2009), etc., and participated in about 100 group and special exhibitions. The recognitions he has received especially in Germany include Support Award of the Academy of Arts Muenster, Emerging Artist Fellowship for foreign student-DAAD, 2004-Kunstaspekte-Art Award, and ADO Art Award 2005.
Byen’s works are collected by MMCA Government Art Bank (Korea), SeMA, Jeonnam Museum of Art, OCI Museum of Art, Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture, Museum MARTA Herfod (Germany), Supreme court of NRW (Germany), etc. Byen’s paintings are published in 6 textbooks for public schools of Korea including Middle School Art Textbook by Jihaksa Co. Ltd, High School Art Textbooks by Chunjae Education, Ltd, and Mijinsa Co. Ltd. Books titled 『Art Meditation』 and 『The Museum of a Feeling』 have introduced his paintings as well. The artist currently resides and works in his studio located in Ganghwa province of Korea.