Comparison and symbolism are two essential ingredients in Chunwoo Nam's work. Diptychs and triptychs serve to contrast and integrate emotional and intellectual responses to personal encounters. In the series Individual Story, Nam seeks to represent the complexities of identity, estrangement, cultural bias, linguistic barriers, and social pressures in his life's journey. His second and third series, Individual Faces and Individual Spaces, emphasize how Nam has perceived and remembered individuals in his life.
The unlimited range and flexibility of the lithographic printing process allows Nam to convey complex concepts and issues which speak not only about private memories, but Nam's profound love of printmaking - its possibilities, opportunities and challenges. For Nam, printmaking continues to offer up fresh insights in life's unfolding drama.
Chunwoo Nam is a printmaker and educator. He received an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a BFA from the University of Hong-Ik in Korea and studied at Tamarind Institute of Lithography at Albuquerque in the USA. His prints are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums and universities such as Yale University, Smith College, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Ueno, Japan, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, and more.