|Hwang, Kyu Baik was born in Busan in 1932 and moved to France in 1968. After his settlement in 1970 in New York, the heartland of contemporary art, he started to commit himself to the mastering of mezzotint techniques, one of intaglio printmaking processes. By internalizing and modernizing the traditional medium of mezzotint Hwang succeeded in shaping his own unique style. His fine mezzotints of refined composure and lyricism have been awarded prizes at various international print exhibitions since the mid 1970s: the International Biennal of Graphic Art, Ljubljana(1979, 1981), the British International Print Biennale, Bradford(1974), and the Florence Print Biennale(1974). This has led to the acquisition of his works by major museums throughout the world for their collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Albertina. He was also commissioned to make the poster for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo that made him the world-acclaimed artist. Since 2000 Hwang returned to Korea, ending his over thirty-year residence in foreign lands and currently lives and works in Seoul.