Sun Wuk Kim

Korean seal carving

Sun Wuk Kim began studying calligraphy and the art of seal carving in Seoul, South Korea, with the renowned Korean master of calligraphy and seal-carving, Cholnong Kiwoo Lee, who gave Kim the artistic name Hanong, which means Cultivator of the Lotus.  Dr. Kim has exhibited his work in Asia, Europe, and the United States.  He also practices contemporary calligraphy, a modern art form, organizing the annual International Contemporary Calligraphy Exhibitions.  Since moving to the United States in 1976, Dr. Kim has worked to introduce the traditions of the art of Korean seal carving to Korean communities in America.  He founded the Art of Seal Carving Society in Los Angeles in 2003.

Korean seal carving or engraving is a specialized art form that requires mastery of traditional calligraphy and artistic creativity to transform a block of stone, wood or ivory into a unique “signature.”  Students must master several types of calligraphy before they can learn to carve seals.  Because the calligraphy is traced in reverse on the surface of the stone, the carver uses a small mirror to check the accuracy and aesthetic of the design.

The strokes of Dr. Kim’s calligraphy reveal the importance of line, shape, and space in Korean seal carving.  Of seal carving, Dr. Kim says, “This is not only the technique or skill of the hand. This is also the skill of the spirit. This is a skill of calligraphic spirit.”

In 2002, Dr. Kim was a master artist in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program with apprentice Tae Sun Hwang.

Select Exhibits

Art of Ink in America, New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York, 2005; Mobile Museum, Mobile, Alabama, 2004; Xian, China, 2003; Newark Museum, Newark, New York, 2000

Line of Fragrance, Korean-American Museum Los Angeles, California, 1998

Brush Lines, Warren Gallery Museum of Hartwick, Oneonta, New York, 1995

Contemporary Calligraphy, Kang Collection & Gallery, New York, New York, 1994


Advisory Councilor, Tenjien Seal Carving Academy, China

Honorary President, FeiMo Cultural Association, Florence, Italy

ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, Master Artist, 2002

President of Art of Ink in America Society

President of Korean American Calligraphy Association, USA

President of Art of Seal Carving, USA

Teaching Experience

Private instructor, 25 students, 1997-present

Professional Services

Educational presentations to schools or community organizations
Offers works for sale
Cultural consultancies


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