Born in Daegu, South Korea, 1971. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Romon Kimin Yang aka Rostarr is a multidisciplinary artist in painting, abstract calligraphy, large scale murals and experimental filmmaking. Born in South Korea in 1971, at the age of 1 years old his family immigrated to Washington D.C. and in 1989 he moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he majored in graphic design and printmaking. From early in his career he managed to produce work in both the art and design spheres, practically blurring the lines between the two. For over 20 years he has built an extensive oeuvre of abstract polymorphic paintings, totemic iconographic characters and mostly black and white calligraphic works. Always creating in a spontaneous manner, he is continually striving to find freedom within style, medium and form, and building upon the iconographic visual language he terms Graphysics, a word that exemplifies the geometric dynamism characteristic in his work. Rostarr is also a founding member of the art collective Barnstormers, established in 1999 by David Ellis and comprised of more than 30 artists from NYC & Tokyo.
In 2000, he was named one of I.D. magazine’s “I.D. 40 under 30”, and recognized as an honoree at the 2004 A.I.C.P show held at the MOMA for his contribution to a celebrated Nike campaign. In February 2010, his forty five minute motion painting film titled Kill The Ego premiered at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His artwork has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Libération among other publications, and he has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico, and has participated in group shows on both a national and international level, also extensively as part of the esteemed Beautiful Losers show which has toured museums and contemporary art centers worldwide.