Understanding the Human Being through fine art with Zin Lim

Zin Lim is a great artist and educator, whose remarkable artwork depicts different aspects/images of the human being. Born in Seoul, South Korea he currently resides in San Francisco Bay Area since 2000.

He has shown his talent by painting and drawing people in hybrid, crossover and metamorphosis. Artist Zin Lim has won numerous international top awards for “Best of Show”, “Exceptional Merit” and “Award of Excellence” in his field at some of the most prestigious competitions, such as; Salon International, Oil Painters of America, International Portrait Competition.

Zin Lim is teaching graduate courses of drawing and painting of fine art and illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and workshops in many cities of U.S and Asia. He is recently passionate in building online art courses at YouTube channel.


Artist Zin Lim

Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Artist/Educator Zin Lim

NY Elite: Tell us a little about yourself and your career beginnings.

Zin Lim: I have been interested in understanding human being and found fine art is one of the best forms to observe, interpret and express what I think about human. As I expected, enough time is given for me to continue study and update my thinking. It was a lot of fun.

NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?

Zin Lim: Beside of expanding my perspective and artwork’s composition, building drawing and painting lectures at YouTube is my current biggest project. I hope this channel share everything I know about charcoal drawing and oil painting to anyone need art resources in high quality of resolution and aesthetics.

NY Elite: What art do you most identify with?

Zin Lim: Expressive/Hybrid figure drawing and painting which have crash of realism and abstraction in a composition.

NY Elite: What themes do you pursue?

Zin Lim: 3 different interpretations about human being. ID series draw people I remember, NOMAD series draw life as traveler and ALLEGRO series is improvisation for capturing carnival energy.

NY Elite: What’s your favorite art work?

Zin Lim: Figure no.26. I’ve done this painting in 2004 during my college study. This painting became an origin of my following painting and drawing series.


FIGURE NO.26 by Zin Lim

NY Elite: Tells us about some of your recent exhibitions. What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Zin Lim: My works have been participated at some invitational shows and art fairs. To me the most memorable moments was when I met people came into me to talk about one of my works and what they found the messages and emotional statement I encoded in my work. Mutual understanding through visual art is exciting.

NY Elite: Tell us about one of your projects which you are very proud of.

Zin Lim: Show’s commercial success and acclamation through media are awesome fortune. But the most meaningful project is my art itself. I am proud of my endless experiments for complete composition and technique in order for efficient delivery of message to viewer.

NY Elite: What does “being creative” mean to you?

Zin Lim: Continuous effort for understanding me and circumstance and finding balanced combination of honest concept, unique composition and efficient technique.

NY Elite: What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

Zin Lim: I start the most of my works without expectation for the final image. It is like a musical improvisation, journey with no destination or playing chess game.

Nomad 5

Nomad 5 by Zin Lim

NY Elite: What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Zin Lim: Do not dilute your strange thoughts, though anything can be considered as mistake. The each different idea is meaningful and no need to yield to entire consistency. Rather, collaboration of the trace is close to the truth you look for, which is also ever-changing.

NY Elite: What role does the Artist have in Society?

Zin Lim: Visual artist deliver mood and message that cannot be explained through words. Art can be a piece of big picture that reveal reality of human being and our society.

NY Elite: What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?

Zin Lim: Artist is one of the most attractive jobs for whom want to make every decision by their honest belief and responsible for the responses. But for living, art market ask artist have different attitude for surviving. The biggest problem comes when artist fail to shift the mode between artist and self employed business. The complete separation of the two different life modes and the balance is hardest part, because the moment of creation is too exciting for artist to be away from it and cool down for business.

NY Elite: How has painting influenced your life?

Zin Lim: Painting has made me a lot more sensitive to visual information that I face in everyday life. There are a few wonderful moments I can notice the magic, such as; when a little stone has the reflected lights from sky and my hand, light cross over translucent skin and reveal hidden shapes and color, and how individual movements of people and car create rhythm in the street. I feel painting gave another sense for me to enjoy the beauty.


Render by Zin Lim

NY Elite: What kind of art is unappealing to you?

Zin Lim: Such artworks exceedingly lean to how it is shown to viewers with lack of integrity.

NY Elite: What art movement or artist would you say influences your work most?

Zin Lim: Automatism of early surrealists, Bay Area Figurative Movement and artist, Francis Bacon.

NY Elite: What can we expect from you in 2017?

Zin Lim: TEACHING: I will be teaching painting and drawing classes and workshops in many cities including Seoul, Taipei, Barcelona and San Francisco. And will be extending YouTube video lectures to Figure Drawing and Figure Painting.

SHOWS: I will be participating some invitational shows and exhibitions. (You can see the upcoming updates at my SNSs- the links are below)

NY Elite: Can you share with us three favorite things about your city/culture?

Zin Lim: I live in San Francisco Bay Area. The Nature is great. Cool summer, warm winter, clean air, near Pacific Ocean and Yosemite forest. Shower from cultural diversity and liberalism.

NY Elite: What social media can your fans follow you? Where can one order copies/prints of your work?

Zin Lim: Facebook.com/zinlimit



www.saatchiart.com/zinlim for original works and prints order.

FD 05 (2)

Allegro no. 95 by Zin Lim

ID 02

ID #02 by Zin Lim


ID #06 by Zin Lim


by Zin Lim


by Zin Lim

Nomad 6

Nomad 6 by Zin Lim

ID 08

ID #08 by Zin Lim

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