'Delhi is the most impressive city'

South Korean painter Myoung Jaiwook, who has been living in the City for a decade, feels that of all the places in India, Delhi gives the most myriad views. Myoung came to India seeking spirituality in his paintings. After spending 10 years here and having displayed his work in about 15 exhibitions, the painter seems to have found that path.

“I came to India seeking spirituality in my paintings and India was the only way I wanted to take for that. Though the main base camp of my activities has been Delhi, the great Himalayas and people there always give me inspiration,” says Myoung, a  Master of Fine Arts in paintings from Delhi College of Art. Mountains of Himalayan and godmen were given a prominent place in almost all his works displayed at Textures at Art Perspective Gallery in Lado Sarai.

Living in DU’s north campus for a long time, Myoung, who sometimes switches vocations from painting to being a tour guide for fellow Koreans doesn’t like to be labelled a businessman. “This is for making a living but I am not a businessman. I do tours occasionally as a freelancer. My real job is to paint and that is what I enjoy the most. In the last seven years, my paintings have been displayed in 15 exhibitions, including at Camlin exhibition and the annual show organised by All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) in 2010,” he shares with Metrolife.

Myoung manages to live in Delhi despite little knowledge of Hindi but is trying hard to gain fluency in the language. “Delhi is the most impressive city because it gives cross-cultural and myriad views. The basic infrastructure definitely needs more improvement and better management but the City as well as Himalayas will continue to remain the base-camp of my artistic activities in future also. I miss my country but sometimes, when I see outside from my home I feel am very naturally comfortable with the view. I like the diversity in culture and people living here.”

Besides his parents, what Myoung misses the most about his country is the authentic Korean food. However, despite that the 40-year-old painter Myoung relishes naan and curries of Delhi. “Of course, I miss my country, my mother and father beside the Korean food but I equally enjoy the curries and naan here.”

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