My name is EKAH, also known as Steampunk Grub, a goggles-wearing grub and visual artist. I'm interested in exploring the surreal, the absurd, the nonsensical, and the beautiful through images in all media and tell a story in the process. Some of the tools I use include brushes, pens, pencils, pixels, 3D polygons, and motion. I hope to combine my knowledge of various fields and tools to develop and create works using unique process and visuals.

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in New York City.  I attended High School of Art & Design in NYC, then studied Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City and Paris, with background in fine arts foundation. After college, I worked as a graphic designer and art director for advertising agencies in New York City. My interest in 3D/CG led me to eventually working in broadcast animation and video games. I have worked with clients such as Jim Henson Productions and Mattel Interactive. I have since lived in France, San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, and Montreal, Canada. More recent works have been featured in Sky Gallery, MTD ART: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood, LIGHTBOX public-art installation, Boneyard Arts Festival, and 40 Point One gallery.  I have also participated as an artist in Imbibe Urbana’s Makers on Main, Pygmalion Festival/The Made Fest, and as a presenter at Pechakucha Night Champaign-Urbana.  I currently live in Champaign-Urbana area in Central Illinois with the most supportive spouse and two cats.

PechaKucha Night CU - Vol. 25
I was one of the presenters at PechaKucha Night CU Vol. 25 during the Pygmailion Festival 2017.  My story was titled "The Art of The City of Lost Animals."
Click image above to watch the recorded presentation.
Link to video:

“PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. 
The images advance automatically, and you talk along to the images.”

PechaKucha Night CU:
40 North presents Artists at Work: EKAH
I was profiled in an "Artists at Work" Video Series by 40 North
Videography and editing by Amanda Baker / Five Foot Productions.