I used to be a chemical engineer, a businessman in the petroleum/gas industries and retired as a CEO of a construction company. But now I'm just a humble artist, a painter. I am very proud that I'm an artist as I'm enjoying my role in the world creating artworks, a new world of my own on the canvases.
Mason Mansung Kang was born and grown up in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). He obtained a BS Degree in Chemistry Education from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1975. Mason worked for petroleum/ oil & gas/ construction industries until he retired in 2012 after 35 years of service. Learning to paint has been his biggest dream since he was young. As an amateur painter, he acquired six group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions by 2013 in Korea. He was finally able to pursue his passion after retirement by studying at the Graduate School of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, U S A from Feb 2014 until he obtained MFA in Painting in Aug 2016.
He likes scenes of nature with harmonious light and shadows, especially in the sunny weather in California. Because of joining the fine art Study Abroad program to Florence, Italy in 2015, he also gained plenty of experience with plein air painting there as well. He has recently been listed as a Finalist in the Landscape Category of the 13th international ARC Salon Competition. He also obtained many awards from various renowned international competitions such as the Gateway International 2017-2018, Sedona Art Prize 2016-2017, Light Space & Time Online Gallery, The Artist's Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition, Patchings Competition UK, Manhattan Arts International, etc… Notably by his painting, ‘On the Hill’, he won the Best Landscape award in Jun/Jul 2016 of the 6th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition, selected as the ‘Winner Emerging Artist’ of the Artmuse Contest in 2016, and also selected as the Painter for the Online Gallery of the Leisure Painter Magazine in the issue of August 2016. He used to be represented by the ‘Bill Hester Fine Arts’ gallery and 'Gallery 901' in Santa Fe, NM.
He sincerely hopes his works can ultimately present viewers with a sublime sense of warmth, happiness, and contentment.
2018 The 2nd Place, International Art Competition ‘Nature’, Artroom Gallery Online, USA
2018 Finalist, Jan 2018, Gateway International Paintings Competition, USA
2018 Landscape Finalist, 13th International ARC(Art Renewal Center) Salon Competition. USA
2017 Finalist, September 2017 Gateway International Painting Competition 2017-2018, USA
2017 Finalist, Honorable Mentions, Sedona Art Prize 2016-2017, USA
2017 Finalist, Special Merit Award Category, Seascape Art Exhibition - Oct 2017, Light Space & Time Online Gallery, USA
2017 Finalist, Landscape Category of The Artist's Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition, USA
2017 Highly Commended Work, The Artists Category, Patchings 2017 Competition/Exhibition, Painters Online UK
2017 Overall Winning Artists and Painting Categories, Special Merit Award Category, May 2017 Landscapes Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, USA
2017 Finalist, & Meritorious Works, Small Works 2017, Richeson75 International Competition, WI, USA
2016 Featured Artist, Top & Excellence Award, The Exhibition, 'New Beginnings', Dec/27/2016 ~ Feb/27/2017, Manhattan Arts International, NY, USA
2016 Finalist, November 2016 Emerging Artist, Artmuse Contest, USA
2016 2nd Place, Jack Richeson Co. & Merchandise Award, The Exhibition “Red”, California Art League, USA
2016 FAV 15%, Aug. Bold Brush Painting Competition, USA
2016 Finalist, Aug 2016, Sedona Art Prize Competition, USA
2016 Judges Choice, Jun 2016, Water/Seascape Category, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, USA
2016 Best Landscape, 6th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition, Jun/Jul 2016, USA
2016 Finalist, Online Gallery, August 2016, Leisure Painter Magazine, UK
2016 Winner Emerging Artist, May 2016, Artmuse Contest, USA
2016 1st Place, 3rd Place, Body of Work, MFA Landscape/Cityscape Category, Spring Show 2016, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, USA
2016 Meritorious Entry, Richeson75 Competition, Landscape 2016, WI, USA
2016 Finalist, Patchings Competition 2016, UK
2015 2nd Place, Scape II, Art Competition Network, NY, USA
2015 Highly Commended Work, Artist Category, Patchings Competition 2015, UK
2015 Meritorious Entry, Richeson75 Competition, Still Life & Floral 2015, Kimberly, WI, USA
2015 2nd Place, All Paintings Category, Jan 2015, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, USA
2015 Finalist, Richeson75 Competition, Small Works 2015, Kimberly, WI, USA
2016 MFA- Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA
2012 ~ 2013 Completed 30th & 33rd Courses, Modern Art Education Course for CEOs’, Hongik University, Korea
2006 ~2012 Completed eight Semesters, Oil Painting, Institute of Fine Art & Design Education Center, Hongik University, Korea
1975 BS- Chemistry Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
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