Suku Park was born in Masan, South Korea in 1947. He attended the Fine Arts College of the Seoul National University before moving to Stockholm, Sweden in 1974 where he graduated from Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design.
In the early 1980s Suku Park worked as the art director of Pentik Novus in Posio, Finland, and later moved his studio to southern Finland.
Suku Park's international career began in Posio and he has since exhibited in multiple cities and his artwork features in various prominent art collections, such as the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Museum of Painting and Sculpture in Istanbul and Musée Ariana in Geneva. Park worked as a professor of ceramic art at Sangmyung University in Seoul from early 2000 and has since moved back to Finnish Lapland where he currently lives and continues to work.
My language of form and expression is not necessarily Korean, but a reaction inside myself to form things with my own hands in order to give an object its own character. When I'm designing I'm thinking function, but I'm thinking about things like humour too. Every morning I am reborn. The silent nature in Lapland helps me to blend the person and the artist in me.
My work is influenced by my surrounding environment and I have always been fascinated by the nature of Lapland, its light and darkness, and the intense focus and concentration I can enjoy here.
Suku Park is currently a council member of the International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva, Switzerland and is the Art Director at the Arctic Ceramic Center in Posio, Finland.
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