Photo by Jenny LiuCourtesy of 8 to CREATE. Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois
I am a visual artist known as EKAH. I create worlds and characters that reside in my head to tell visual stories about creatures of all sorts. The worlds may be surreal, absurd, and nonsensical, and even beautiful.  The worlds may be as big as the universe or as small as a petri dish. I work with both wet and dry media as well as digital. Some of the tools I use include brushes, pens, pencils, pixels, 3D polygons, and motion. I hope to explore the use of all media - illustrations, digital worlds, and animation, and develop unconventional processes and visuals. The final piece may be an illustration, painting, mural, animation, or interactive medium such as a lenticular print or 360 animation. 

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. I have worked as a graphic designer and art director for advertising agencies in New York City.  My interest in 3D/CG led to eventually working in broadcast animation and video games.  I have worked with clients such as Jim Henson Productions and Mattel Interactive among others.  I have since lived in France, San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, and Montreal, Canada. I currently live in Champaign-Urbana area in Central Illinois with the most supportive spouse and two cats.


MTD ART: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood
Urbana Art Expo
LIGHTBOX Mural (public-art installation)
40 Point One Artspace
Pechakucha Night Champaign-Urbana (Presenter)
8 to CREATE (Guest artist at live art event)
Urbana Public Arts Grants 2018  and 2019 (Grant recipient)
Murals at Stratton Academy of the Arts
2019 Artist Ace Award Recipient
40 North's 2019 Artist Ace Award
Videography by Five Foot Productions
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.