BIOGRAPHY

Soonae Tark continues to exhibit her reductive, colorful geometric work in galleries, museums,

and public spaces. Her list of awards includes two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Adolph

& Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, a National Academy Museum Abbey Mural Painting

Fund Fellowship, and an Individual Artist Initiative Award from the Queens Council on the Arts.

She has won more than 15 cash awards in national and international competitions including the

First Place Award of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. 

 

She completed two compelling permanent public arts projects for the City of New York. Her public two-story mural work, titled "Love You," was placed in a New York City Public school 306 in  Queens.  She was delighted when this joyful celebration of color and delight was featured on the cover of Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City's Mayor's Management Report.  She installed a glass mosaic mural outdoors on the raised platform of the Buhre Ave. subway station in the Bronx through  the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Arts for Transit.

 

In 2019, she permanently installed a mural for the City of New Haven, CT in the newly built Barack H. Obama Magnet University School.  She also installed an outdoor mural for Asphalt Art, a print on adhesive vinyl, at Bliss Plaza underneath 7 train subway station in Queens as part of the New York City Department of Transit (DOT) Art Program.

 

In addition to murals, her outdoor work includes three-dimensional sculptures for public display.  Her egg-shaped sculpture for The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, New York 2014, was exhibited in Queens and at Rockefeller Center Plaza. The sculpture was sold at an online auction to raise funds for charity, and her design was chosen to adorn the event’s promotional tote bags and smaller ostrich eggs. 

 

She has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Korea and France.  Her work has been included in over 100 juried and invitational group exhibitions across the United States and was exhibited at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Seoul, Korea (2009 to 2012) by the Art in Embassies Program, Department of State, Washington DC. The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey- Herald News, Louisiana Magazine-The Advocate, Queens Chronicle and many others have favorably reviewed her work.  She has been featured in MarquisWho's Who in American Art and New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, with inclusion of her work on the back cover.  Her work was featured in U.S. Department of State's 2012 Desk Calendar and numerous times for the Cover Art of books and newspapers.

 

She has her BFA from Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul, Korea  and her MFA from the  École Nationale Supérieure des  Beaux-Arts de  Lyon, France.  She lives and works in New York City.

 

 

 

 

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