koNa (b.1974) was born in Seoul, Korea and studied film design at the Hongik Graduate School of Film and Media. In 1998, he entered a TV advertisement production and has been working as a director since then. In 2010, the artist began to work with photography in earnest. Having a foot in both camps—directing and photographing—he has been constantly making art.
The project koNa, the artist, is currently working on, will begin with the theme of a stage then expand into the theme of an actor then audiences as a series of work. The subject will be ordinary things around us and the story will begin with the idea of I and express a message that expands into the idea of US then the world.
koNa has earned a strong reputation through numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, and he has earned awards in various photography competitions.
His recent awards include: the Spotlight Award Winner for the Black & White Magazine (2017), MAP for the Korean Art Village Photography Contest supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (2016), and The Best Portfolio of the Month for the Korean Photography Art Magazine (2016). He also had exhibitions, including The Side at the Seventy Four Gallery in Seoul (2017), Illumination at the 3rd Suwon International Photo Festival (2016), The Side at the 2016 SCAF Art Fair (Gallery Michelle/Korean Art Association), Love Letter from Wuzhen at the Moon Gallery in Busan (2016), Photo Ludens at the Samtan Art Mine Museum in Jeongseon (2016), and The Twist at the Suwon International Photo Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the DPPA gallery in Seoul (2016).