Shinae Kim 

       Shinae Kim is a Canadian painter of Korean descent. She creates work that moves between figuration and abstraction, an excited celebration of the sensuality of oil paint and, indeed, of the life it depicts. There is joy here. There is death and mourning here. This is work that depicts an almost electrified urgency beneath the skin of everyday life.

​      How does she do it? She works alla prima in oil, her colours mixed one by one. Her canvases are created using several layers, one on top of the other, of oil paint in a full colour palette. The gestural brushstrokes and the complex, intricate balance of these colours are vitally important to her work. But her real gifts reveal themselves in the articulation of her imagination, its array of rich subjects – migration, family history, the sensation of deracination and of tragedy - the varied responses to the world and about the people who dwell in it.


2019-2023  Honours BFA Drawing and Painting with Distinction, OCAD University, Toronto, ON


Nov. 2023  Project 31, OCAD University, Torontok ON

Nov. 2023  The Diaspora Story, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON 

Sep. 2023  Han-Soom-Gyeol: Exhibition Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Korea-Canada Diplomatic Relations, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

Sep. 2023  Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC

Sep. 2023  Tonic: Nuit Blanche Emerging Artist Exhibition, 401 Richmond, Toronto, ON

Aug. 2023  Vice Versa, Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON

Jul. 2023  Summer in the City, Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON

Jul. 2023  Impact 2023 Annual Juried Exhibition, Parkview Gallery, Toronto, ON

Jul. 2023  Emerging Now, Bauxi Gallery, Toronto, ON

Jul. 2023  62nd Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON

Jun. 2023  Artist's Choice, Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON

May. 2023  Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Apr. 2023  What the Thunder Says, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Apr. 2023  Paraline, Midnight Arcade, Toronto, ON

Mar. 2023  Show Your Resistance, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Feb. 2023  Pencil Drawing Group Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Jan. 2023  Iridescence, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON

Dec. 2022  Why We Rely, Carbonic Coffee, Toronto, ON

Oct. 2022  Abstract Painting Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Jun. 2022  The Archive of Merit: From OSA to OCAD, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON

Apr. 2022  Blueprint for a Collective Home, Great Hall, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Aug. 2020  First-Self: Investigating Cultural Appropriation, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Feb. 2020  Shape Shifter, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Oct. 2019  Looking In Open House, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

Sep. 2019  Face 2 Face, OCAD University, Toronto, ON


Asia Pacific Museum of Peace


2023  Artist Talk, OCAD University, Toronto, ON


2023  APEX Art International Exhibitions Competition, New York, NY


2023  Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalist, SSNAP, Salt Spring Island, BC

2023  Partial Gallery Career Launcher Award, Partial Gallery, Toronto, ON

2023  Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Career Launcher Award, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2022  Andre Beaulieu Bursary for Young Visual Artists, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2021  Frances Lea Ziegler Memorial Scholarship, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2021  Av Isaacs Bursary, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

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