Lilly Kim was born and raised in South Korea and moved to Canada. She is a Toronto based self-taught painter. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature Program at the Sungshin Women's University in South Korea, the Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design Program, and also the Ontario College Certificate in Visual Arts Fundamentals Program from the George Brown College.
Lilly's achievements include winning the 'Best of Show' category and the '1st place' in the Corporate Design category at the George Brown School of Design Award, and Red Dot Design Award — which is one of the most prestigious design awards worldwide — 'Design concept winner' under Education category in 2006. Her 9 years of background in graphic design eventually became her art foundation. Her artwork features vibrant colors and mixed media to weave a visual narrative in illustrative style behind each piece. She uses acrylic and mixed media on canvas and sketches directly onto canvas to let her imagination flow with music.
In July 2017, Lilly published a book titled ‘Diving into imagination in daily lives’ in South Korea, which included short personal reflections accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations, paintings and lettering designs. She is currently working on her 1st bodywork 'Rainy Oasis' series at the Akin Collective studio and planning to stretch her range of artwork to oil painting. She is participating in 'Big on Bloor Festival' as participatory art in (July, 2018 | Toronto, Canada) and 'Brave Festival' at art exhibition & art market at the Harbourfront Centre (July, 2018 | Toronto, Canada) . Her 1st Group Exhibition as a participating artist and a co-curator work in line with 'Big on Bloor Festival' participatory art installation will be held at theNorth York Arts Lower Gallery (August, 2018 | Toronto, Canada) and 'Toronto Public Library Art Exhibits' at the Northern District Library (September, 2018 | Toronto, Canada). She is currently working on her 2nd Group Exhibition at the Steamwhistle Brewery (September, 2018 | Toronto, Canada) as a Akin Collective member and preparing her 1st Solo Exhibition at the Gallery 4 Walls in Seoul, South Korea (TBD).
She is currently a member of the Akin Collective (Toronto-based arts organization) and CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children's authors, Illustrators, and Performers). Her multi-cultural perspective and broad artistic background as a graphic designer, an author, a painter, an illustrator and lettering designer allows her to have an intriguing perspective as a self-taught painter. She captures the emotional moments in her everyday life and creates dreamlike ambience artwork.