Lecture meeting by South Korean Deaf artist to be held in Japan

According to its news release, the organizing committee (the Nagoya Association of the Deaf and Non-profit Organization of the Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened, and Nagoya Information Center for the Deaf) will sponsor the 16th Japanese Festival of Cultural Activities for the Deaf. It will be held in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture on December 6, Saturday, 2008, 13:30-16:00.

As a part of the event, Pak Kwantek, a Deaf artist from South Korea, will talk about his life and art works.

Pak was born in Pusan, South Korea in 1959. When he was 6 months old, he became deaf which was caused by cholera. He attended the high school for the deaf, and studied hard at three universities including a graduate program. He studied not only the Oriental painting but also special education at the universities, and acquired the teacher's license. He currently teaches at the special school in Pusan and at the same time works on paintings.

Most of his paintings reflect his feelings about his own silent world through the nature. His art works often have been exhibited in his country and abroad. In 2007 "The Special Art Project Exhibition of Mr. Pak Kwantek" was held in the Nagoya City Works Exhibition for Persons with Disabilities. His works and his positive attitude toward life in spite of deafness have touched many visitors.

Along the lecture meeting, Pak's art works will be exhibited on December 2-7, 2008, 10:00-17:00 in SMBC Park Sakae Gallery (2F), Nagoya City.

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