< Sarah Shinhyo Kim
United States



Sarah Shinhyo Kim is a Korean-American artist currently living and working in the United States. She studied Fine Art at Cornell University and Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. After spending several years in the fashion industry as a talented designer, Kim made the leap to becoming a full-time artist in 2014 and started her emoji concept art series. She then has had two solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions including NY/NJ area to the west coast and in Italy. Her most recent exhibit was in Chelsea, New York. She now spends most of her time painting and teaching in her studio in New Jersey.


Cornell Univeristy
Parsons School of Design

SOLO Exhibition
Connection – Riverside Gallery Hackensack NJ June 3~15 2019
F.A.C.E.S – Riverside Gallery Hackensack NJ November 28 ~December 7 2016

Selected Exhibition & Group Exhibition
2021 Of An Era Trolley Barn Gallery, Poughkeepsie NY
2021 Aldila M.A.D.S Art Gallery Milan, Italy
2021 Summer Solstice Untold Stories Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2020~2021 Expression III Riverside Gallery Hackensack NJ
2020~2021 Art in the Time of Corona Dab Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Poetic Ensemble – Riverside Gallery Hackensack NJ
2017 Visual Conjunction – Riverside Gallery, Hackensack NJ
2017 Breaking the Cocoon – Grady Alexis Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Close to Reality – Featured Artist of May hosted by Carma New York, NY


As an artist who believes and focuses in human communication/relationships, my inspiration for my work comes from the popularization of Emojis, or emoticons. The use of these cute little faces has become essential in our modern communication. My emoji series presents two aspects: The first aspect depicts humans’ distinctive and unique emotions, emphasizing on each singular expression to reveal a simplified but honest emotion of a human being. They focus on representing a wide spectrum of each “feeling”, from everyday emotions to expressive reflection on complex social issues. The second aspect shows a harmonious consolidation of various emotions and expressions. A variety of faces first begin to form small blocks, overlapping, connecting, and eventually altogether constructing a larger image and shape. I wanted to show that of all the eclectic characteristics and uniqueness within, balance and harmony can co-exist among complex human relationships. As a concept artist, I do not limit myself to just one style of art. I like to take different approaches in terms of techniques and styles to reach out to more people and communicate my message of peace and harmony.