Esther Doyeon Kim

Artist member since 2020
North York, ON

Esther Kim is a South Korean Canadian raised in Vancouver, currently a Toronto-based artist. She majored in a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). Kim’s recent works scrutinize the idea of gratitude on mundanity, delivering a sense of picturesque happiness—a celebration of a tedious moment. She explores simplicity, flatforms, and animated colours to create expressive, whimsical, and joyous moments.

"In my painting, I am expressive, whimsical, and joyous. I have liberated myself from framing the picturesque material world or reenacting philosophical elevated modern art in my canvas. I instead filled it with simple and vibrant colours and childlike doodles. I filled it with something that I find joy in, simplicity, flatforms, and animated colours. I simply want to deliver this sense of happiness to my audience."


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Jonas wood, Heather day, Jean-Michel Basquiat, kathryn macnaughton

Coffees per day and from where

A hand drip ice americano at Demello

Describe your home in 3 words

cozy, bright, family

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Upcoming Exhibitions


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New York
Visionary Project, The Era of Change


OCADU, Toronto
Narratives Through Digital Space


Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto
DRAWING & PAINTING Class of 2020 GRADEX105 Show


The Great Hall-OCADU, Toronto
Festival of the Body


OCADU, Toronto
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The Great Hall-OCADU, Toronto
Celebration of First-Year Exhibition


Visionary Project, New York
The Era of Change


TOAF, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


Luxembourg Art Prize
2020 Certificate of participation


Akin Studio Career Launcher and Partial Gallery,Toronto


TOAF, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Best of Painting


TOAF, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Visual Voices Curated by Alex Garant


OCAD University
BFA in Drawing and Painting

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