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ARTIST

Kyongho S. Ko

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BIO

      As the first child of a businessman father and an artist mother, Kyongho Ko was born in Seoul, Korea in 1965. Her family immigrated to America in 1984. She got BA and MFA from UCLA. She has exhibited actively and have been teaching painting and drawing at Los Angeles City College since 1996. She married Kacey Ko in 1991 and has three daughters.

      She has always been interested in the stories of life. In her early years of art making, she compared and questioned many conflicts and realities she faced as a Korean American, married, mother of three, Christian and female artist. She had served as a room-mother for her three daughters, serving actively for others, as well as being an exhibition artist and an art educator. Her various personal experiences became the source of insight for her art making.

      In 2006, she went on a mission trip to a small city in Mexico and saw the challenging lives of under-privileged women. She saw the need for restoration of their identity as God’s children. Soon she designed a program to encourage, inspire and empower these women. Since then, the program, Women Seminar, has served more than 25 cities in 12 countries for thousands of people. In order to serve them more efficiently, she pursued MA and Doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She and her like-minded colleagues found a non-profit organization, Hope for Families, International (“Hope Fam”) in which she has been serving as an executive director.

      While helping and closely observing lives of other women through Hope Fam, she was able to experience varied aspects of their life. Naturally she began to collect layers of experience from different genres, cultures and tradition of life. Her artistic talent has made unique contribution to this mission. She often finds a creative solution for challenging task by approaching to the process of the problem solving as an art making process.

      Hope Fam’s ministry grows continuously by empowered local leaders to help their own people. This propels the art of Kyongho Ko to a broader purpose. Art making used to be a passage to communicate her beliefs and ideas with her viewers; now her life is connected with many people in different cities. She believes that her art making can be a positive form of rooting for all who desire a meaningful life.

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