Haena Kang (born in Tokyo, Japan) is a Korean-American artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited around the U.S. and Taipei – with solo shows in Brooklyn and Auburn, and group shows in New York City, Portland, Ann Arbor and Taipei. She was recently the recipient of an art fellowship from the PLAYA Foundation.
Colors, patterns, and anything texture, have always peaked Haena’s interest since she was a youngin. There was never a moment when she wasn't creating something; that maker’s instinct guided her to attend The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where she majored in painting and drawing with a minor in photography.
After college, she delved into design and illustration and began to focus her creative energies in that direction. Little did she realize that her background in photography, design, illustration and creative direction, would heavily influence and inform her future art. In Spring 2010, Haena came full-circle and began painting again.
As Haena has evolved, so have her work and creative processes. Illustrative paintings morphed to include more undulating shapes, creating Haena’s current painting style—a marriage of the organic, abstract, illustrative, colorful and thoughtful. Her shift into intertwining different skill sets enables her deep appreciation for colors, and their relationships with layers to manifest in all her work.