Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Kim was raised in a small rural community near Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1978, Kim moved to Denver where he attended the Rocky Mountain School of Art. After graduation, he became a faculty member and gave demonstrations and workshops around the region. Currently, he receives inspiration traveling throughout the world, capturing images of everyday life.
Regarding his paintings, Kim says, “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint. The process is like a performance. It’s the magic of spontaneous work combined with a candid observation of society that allows me to pursue the daily events of ordinary people as the theme of my work.”