I am emotionally drawn to lights, movement,energy, aura, bright and brilliant colors, flowers and stars..
and also deeply moved by these concepts which are enlightenment, happiness, imagination, freedom, the future..
Whenever these moments come into my life, I want to recreate these beautiful feelings and my strong emotions in my paintings. And when I am painting, I am extremely happy and I am completely free.
Miae Cho. Apr 2010.
Recently I have been infusing music into my paintings. I get into a 'zone' and I let the music take over my brush. It is very liberating and inspirational and I am loving it.
Miae Cho. November of 2010.
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I grew up in Korea in a strict, strongly traditional environment
and under a rigid educational system.
When I was young, I sang well and my teacher convinced me that
I should be an opera singer.
I don't think I knew what I really wanted to do in life,
So I just followed what the teachers and my parents thought was good for me.
I had a somewhat successful musical career in Korea,
and at the age of 35 I came to the U.S. for a concert tour.
Soon thereafter, I decided to settle in the US, and
I started to think that music was not right for me anymore.
I found that my true passion was painting because it made me
relax and gave me lots of happiness and freedom.
Yes, It was freedom that was missing from my life-
freedom from all the restrictions that I had experienced in the past
and those that were associated with a career in singing.
For example, I always had to worry about my voice and my performance.
I always had to be in top physical condition, constantly careful not to strain my voice.
And there were many times when I was ill, not in the mood to sing,
or preoccupied with other responsibilities.
But “the show must go on,” so even then I had to sing.
I wanted to be free from all of that.
Free from my performances, my schedule, and everybody else's rules...
I wanted to make my own rules, my own creations, my own schedule.
After a period of independent experimentation,
I began taking formal courses in painting, working hard to develop
a strong realistic style.
My goal, above all, was to appeal to gallery owners
or jurors rather than to paint in a way that was meaningful and inspiring to me.
After a year or two I realized that I was doing the same thing
as I had done earlier in life, namely, following someone else's rules...
So I started all over again.
I tried to find a subject matter that I truly love to paint.
Then I started looking for artists that gave me inspiration,
such as Odilon Redon,Kees Van Dogen, Wassily Kandinsky,
Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, and Adolph Gottlieb..
After a while, I found that painting in an abstract style gave me
much more freedom than realism.
Best of all, I discovered ways to transform nature into expressive abstractions.
So today I work joyfully, in a world where
there are no rules, no limitations, no plans.
2010 'Les Beaux-arts de Paris' l'ecole nationale superieure.
Cours d'ete,'Painting' Paris, France
2010 Private instruction under 'Charles Goss' Abstract Painting.
The School of Museum of Fine Art'
2009-2010 Massachusetts of Art , Oil Painitng, Personal and powerful
Syllabus, A Potrait, Boston,MA. USA
2006-2008 The School of the Museum of Fine Arts , Oil painting,
Portrait, Realistic paintings,Drawing, Old Master Methods.
1997 Monserrate Art School,Oil painting ,Beverly, MA. USA
1997-1999 Private instruction under 'Barbara Donnelly' Water Color
1991 M.A. Degree, University of Sungshin,Major field of study;
Vocal Music.Seoul, Korea
1982 B.A. Degree, University of Sungshin,Major field of study;
Vocal Music.Seoul, Korea…Read More