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Hong Song-dam
South Korean artist

Hong Song-dam

Hong Song-dam
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Quick Facts

Intro South Korean artist
Is Artist Painter
From South Korea
Field Arts
Gender male
Birth 1955
Age 67 years
Education
Chosun University
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Hong Song-Dam (born 1955) is a South Korean artist who works with woodcuts. He was born on the island of Hauido and raised in Gwangju, where he took part in the 1980 uprising against Chun Doo-hwan's military dictatorship. He became well known for making prints and helping to try and spread the news of what had happened inside the city at the time and made many controversial pieces of art. After the uprising he became politically active, and in July 1989 was arrested for allegedly breaking the National Security Act (he had sent slides of a mural he had created, along with around 200 other South Korean artists, to North Korea). Amnesty International adopted him as a prisoner of conscience and he was released from prison in the early 1990s. He is an acclaimed member of the Minjung art movement, and in 1996 was commissioned by the Government of South Korea to create a 42-metre mural for Chonnam National University. He married in 2005 and settled in Ansan. One of his most well known artworks is called 'Spreading the news'.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 29 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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