Kim Song-gun

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Kim Song-gun
Born 1945 (age 69–70)
Chonma, North Pyongan, Korea
Nationality North Korean
Education Pyongyang University of Fine Arts
Known for painting, watercolor
Notable work(s) The Waves
Awards 1999: People's Prize for "Waves of the Sea Kumgang"
Kim Song-gun
Chosŏn'gŭl 김성근
Revised Romanization Gim Seong-geun
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sŏng'gŭn
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Song-gun, also Kim Seong-geun (Hangul: 김성근; born 1945 in Chonma, Korea) is a North Korean painter. He works at the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang.


Kim Song-gun is also called "Painter of the Waves" since he mostly paints sea and river sceneries with thunderous waters. Despite a very realistic depiction the paintings carry a subtle kind of modern abstraction achieved through the dramatic presentation of the waves.[1] One of those paintings was noticed internationally due to a photo from Bill Clinton's state visit to North Korea in 2009 showing him sitting next to Kim Jong-il with a large green Waves painting in the background.[2]


  • 1999: People's Prize for "Waves of the Sea Kumgang"


  1. ^ Ruthe, Ingeborg. "My image of the Week (Mein Bild der Woche)". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bill Clinton's North Korea Rescue Mission". TIME Magazine. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 

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