Sun Tei Kim is a painter born in 1976 in South Korea. He holds a BA (2003) and MA (2005) from Hong-Ik University. He received his Doctorate from Tama Art University in 2010. He moved to Japan in 2005, studied in Japanese art and traditional color ingredients. After the earthquake in Eastern Japan, he returned to Korea full time. Kim uses various ingredients such as stone powder, gold powder, gold leaf, silver leaf, and many different types of color pigment in his works. The intention of his choice of unique ingredients is to add a modern twist to a traditional art form.