Kang Cho, born in Seoul, Korea, moved to Chicago as a teenager in 1969. Though Cho displayed a talent for painting from an early age, art was not considered a proper profession in Korea, and he anticipated training as an engineer or scientist. However, Cho’s schoolteachers in America noticed that the athletic and intelligent boy was an exceptional artist. He received a full scholarship to the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
Cho moved to Denver in 1976, thanks to the encouragement and support of his friend and mentor, painter Bill Sharer. Cho became active in the Denver art community, and he credits the group for influencing his early convictions about art. Ned Jacob, in particular, helped Cho refine his drawing and color techniques. Cho was fortunate in his early career, receiving immediate attention from galleries and collectors. His determination, discipline and dedication to his work led to his longterm success.
His work has received many awards, including the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Grant International Competition and the Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Grant National Competition. He paints a wide range subjects – moments in nature and expressions of the human form – with a focus on painting what he sees. Today, Cho lives and paints in Santa Fe, capturing the myriad colors and subtle light of New Mexico.