Artist Profile – Tommii Lim
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TOMMII LIMwas born 1978, in Seoul, Korea. He moved to San Francisco in 1980 and finally settled with his family in Los Angeles, California, in 1982. At the age of 5 he began to express himself both musically and artistically. His parents supported his endeavors in these disciplines for the better part of a decade, with classical piano lessons and formal training in the visual arts. Although music still remains an important aspect of his life, it is art that has predominated his chosen career path since childhood. In the late ’90s, prior to starting a more academic education, Tommii started working as a designer and DJing as a means to continue his college art education. In 2006 he graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a dual major and received a BFA in Painting/Drawing and Graphic Design. After college he began to perceive his art as a vehicle to explore and inspire a passion within himself and others as a means to simplify life on canvas via a flatter, more energized space.
“Whether it’s painting, designing, playing the piano or DJing, the art of improvisation breathes in all aspects of my creative world,” Tommii says. “I never know what I’m going to make; art just happens.” It’s certainly happening for Tommii, with numerous gallery shows, museum shows and articles in art journals. When he’s not mashing the streets of downtown L.A. on his fixie, he’s out cruising and carving on his longboard. “There’s something about cruising on a long board that takes me to a state of relaxation and brings me back to childhood,” he says. “Who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again? “Surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and riding bikes are activities that get me out of the studio and let me escape everything. I’ve been using my longboard to carve down that big hill called life.” Artist representation: View Tommii’s work at stcoin.com (Password: tommii7007) or at uglyfresh.com.