April 16th 2017 marks the third anniversary of the Sewol Ferry tragedy in South Korea. There were over 300 victims in the accident, including hundreds of high school students on a field trip. Nine passengers still have not been found. Almost three years have passed since the disaster, yet many questions remain unanswered.
ShinYoung An is a South Korean artist based in New Jersey, specializing in Acrylic and Oil on newspapers. After obtaining her B.F.A in S. Korea, An studied at the Art Students League of NY, the Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc in Barcelona, Spain, and obtained an MFA in painting from The Graduate School of Figurative Arts at the New York Academy of Art (2001). She has participated in over 100 group shows and 6 solo shows in the U.S., Italy, Spain, Japan, and South Korea. ShinYoung An explores innovative methods of portraiture, relating personal reactions towards social and environmental issues from current affairs.
An has received over 31 awards, including a fellowship grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2011), Best of Show from the Heartland Exhibition of the City of Merriam in Kansas (2004) and an Xavier Gonzalez & Edwards grant for painting from the Artists League of NY (2003). Her work has been reviewed and published in more than 40 critical articles across the globe. She was invited to be the figurative artist of New Jersey by “figure50.”