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  • Chunbum Park, also known as Chun, was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1991. They came to United States in 2000 and attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN. In their sophomore year at the University of Rochester, Park decided to become an artist and transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design, where they studied briefly before taking voluntary leave from school. They subsequently studied on and off at the Art Students League of NY before receiving BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2020. Park then completed all of their graduate thesis requirements at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2022, and their MFA in Fine Arts Studio is pending. Park was a participant in the SVA's Summer Residency program in Painting in 2019, and they also exhibited at the One Art Space gallery in Tribeca in 2022. Park's works deal with gender fluidity, anti-racist aesthetics, and Northeast Asian heritage, and they attempt to achieve an ideal image of self as a Northeast Asian (transgender) woman at the level of fantasy through the act of painting. Due to opposition from family and the Korean community, Park only dresses as a woman on special occasions.