About Kwi Am Choi
Kwi Am Choi, "Untitled 001C," "Untitled 001A," and "Untitled 001B" (left to right). Mixed media.
Installation view from "Finding Harmony: A reflection on a lifetime of observation through Kwi Am Choi." Port Moody Arts Centre (April 29-June 2, 2016).
Kwi Am Choi (1954-2006)
Kwi Am Choi was a Korean-born artist known for his experimental and abstract work. Born in Chungmu, South Korea, Choi originally started off in civil engineering before moving into Design when his family immigrated to Ontario, Canada in the late 70’s. He graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) where he experimented across all mediums, from woodblock printing to photography, illustration, ceramics, sculpturing and mixed media painting.
Much of his work can be attributed to his personal love and appreciation of the outdoors. From bold strokes of vibrant and contrasting colours to his incorporation of driftwood collected on family trips to Tofino, many of his pieces were a reflection of his interactions with nature. Whether it was watching translucent spring leaves sway in the breeze against a soft sun, or the crashing waves of the Pacific Northwest against the shores, his experiences to it through each of his senses - sight, touch, smell, taste, sound, and spirit were translated into his work. A man of few words, while occasionally quirky and eccentric, Choi – a natural introvert, used his art as a platform for communication.
He was a loving and supportive father and husband, an active member of the Port Moody Arts community and the Korean Artists Society Canada, and a mentor to young emerging artists.
Kwi Am Choi Scholarship Fund
The Kwi Am Choi Scholarship Fund was endowed by the family of internationally acclaimed artist Kwi Am Choi in 2007 to provide support to emerging artists by covering the costs of mounting a solo exhibition at the Port Moody Arts Centre. Learn more.