Artist’s Bio Jongil Ma
Jongil Ma has been a Brooklyn based artist since 2001. He graduated from SVA in 2002, and has since exhibited his large-scale installations in numerous galleries, museums, public art spaces and private commissions. His work has been featured in international exhibitions including the 2009 International Incheon Women Artist’s Biennale in Korea and the 2010 Lodz Biennale in Poland. The Kolon Corporation selected him to create installations to fill their main lobby and window display areas in 2011. He has participated in public art projects sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Korea in Kwangju and Damyang respectively.
He had solo exhibitions at the Roger Smith Hotel Gallery in Manhattan, participated in Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows at Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning in Queens, and exhibited work as part of LMCC Governors Island Project, all in 2010. In 2008 he exhibited in the Emerging Artists Fellowship exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park and another exhibition at the Gana Art Gallery in Chelsea. In 2011, he participated in both the first AIM Biennial Exhibition in the Bronx Museum, exhibited installations at the Islip Art Museum and Randall’s Island Park in conjunction with FLOW.11: Art and Music. His work was included in Terra-fic Garden : Eco Friendly Art Project in Yegam gallery and Thick &Thin at Brooklyn Fireproof in 2012.
He curated a group exhibition, Pollination Overlappings in Time and in
Place in Korean Culture Service NY and participated in the exhibitions; Brimming on the Edge at the Andrew Freedman House in the Bronx and Community Art Project at Yegam Gallery in 2013. In 2014, he exhibited work at the Institute of Fine Arts and will exhibit work in the Community Art Project in Flushing Town Hall gallery this coming October.
Jongil Ma’s awards include the INC Visual Arts Award from the AHL Foundation and a Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park in 2008. He was given the 2009 Artist Award from Hanyan Mart. Additionally, he received grants from Arts Council in Seoul Korea in 2010 and The Pollack Krasner Foundation for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal year. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Korea Times, NY Art Magazine, AM New York, Hankyoreh Shinmun, Money Today, and Gazeta Lodz in Poland.