Korean graffiti artist Chris Chanyang Shim has received a lot of attention and praise for his graffiti art featuring an African-American women wearing Korean traditional hanbok.
Painting his latest graffiti mural in San Francisco, California, Chris Chanyang Shim has traveled the world decorating walls with his art. While he’s been known for his painting of popular African American icons such as Tupac Shakur and President Obama, he’s received viral attention in Korea for bridging his experiences with both the Korean and African-American communities.
Originally from Seoul, Chris Chanyang Shim, who also goes by “Royal Dog,” has received a lot of inspiration from American artists, and has painted murals in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Check out some of his beautiful art below:
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Korea is a historical state in Northeast Asia, since 1945 divided into two distinct sovereign states: North Korea (officially the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”) and South Korea (officially the “Republic of Korea”). Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is bordered by China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast. It is separated from Japan to the east by the Korea Strait and the East Sea.
Korea emerged as a singular political entity after centuries of conflict among the Three Kingdoms of Korea, which were unified as Later Silla to the south and Balhae to the north. Later Silla divided into three separate states during the Later Three Kingdoms period. Later Goguryeo (Goryeo), which had succeeded Goguryeo, defeated the two other states and united the Korean Peninsula. Around the same time, Balhae collapsed and its last remaining crown prince fled south to Goryeo, where he was accepted into the imperial family. Goryeo (also spelled as Koryŏ), whose name developed into the modern exonym “Korea”, was a highly cultured state that created the world’s first metal movable type in 1234. However, multiple invasions by the Mongol Yuan Dynasty during the 13th century greatly weakened the nation, which eventually agreed to become a vassal state after decades of fighting. Following the Yuan Dynasty’s collapse, severe political strife followed, and Goryeo eventually fell to a coup led by General Yi Seong-gye, who established Joseon in 1388.
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