Korean Illustrator Kim Jung Gi Passes Away at 47

The artist died of a heart attack on October 3, 2022.

Kim Jung Gi, a Korean Illustrator and one of the greatest contemporary artists known for his distinctive art style and large-scale works, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2022, at age 47.

According to the official announcement published on the artist's Instagram page, Jung Gi was en route to New York after finishing his last schedule in Europe when he experienced sudden chest pains and was rushed to the nearby hospital for surgery, where he passed away of a heart attack.

Kim Jung Gi was born in 1975 in the town of Goyang-Si, South Korea.  At 19, this budding artist enrolled at a Fine Arts School, majoring in Art and Design, after which he attended Dong-Eui University in Busan for three years. Over his career, Jung Gi worked in various industries – movies, music, and even government. Kim put together a feature exhibition in Cheongwadae, South Korea’s president’s official workplace and residence, created an album cover for a Korean Hip-Hop artist Drunken Tiger, published countless sketchbooks and drawings, and is the record-holder for "Longest drawing by an individual" in the Guinness World Records book.

Below are some examples of his works:

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