Ro Kim began painting in oils at the young age of 7 in Seoul, South Korea. Becoming known as a premier artist in the area, he studied at the University of Korea and developed his talent before going to work in Japan and France as well.
In 1972 he came to the United States and made his home in Glendale, California where he established Ro's Gallery.
Since then, Ro Kim has earned a large following of collectors. He has created portraits for many celebrities, including William Holden, Pele, Ming-Na Wen, Tony Orlando and Damon Wayans, as well as presidents Bill Clinton and Kim Young Sam (South Korea).
Kim's works, which include portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and seascapes, have appeared in numerous television shows and are collected by Hollywood notables such as Steven Spielberg, Forrest Ackerman, and George C. Scott. His paintings adorn movie posters, book covers, and album jackets.
Working from photographs, or just his imagination, Ro Kim astonishes viewers with detailed portraits that can look like modern photographs or works of the old masters.
Ro Kim taught fine art classes at Glendale College for 3 years, has been a member of the National Register's Who's Who since 1999 and has been invited to both the US and Korean White Houses.
It's no wonder that he has accumulated a long list of admirers and has become an institution in Glendale.
"Boy in Blue"
Original Oil Portrait by Ro Kim
"Dog and Cat"
Pet Portrait by Ro Kim
Original Oil by Ro Kim