Marina Kim

Artist Biography

Marina is descended from Korean families who settled in the Far East of Russia. During Stalin’s time they were forcibly transported to Central Asia, where Marina spent her early life.

A graduate of the prestigious Republican Art College in Uzbekistan, Marina opened her own gallery in Tashkent before moving to London. In 2001 she held her first major exhibition Beyond the Great Silk Road at the Arndean Gallery in Mayfair. Soon after, she and her husband moved to Rye where they opened the Roche Gallery, now in its twentieth year.

She shares her time between painting and printmaking, spending several months to years on one or the other. Painting mediums satisfy her desire for colour and spontaneity. During introspective periods of research and reflection, she turns to drawing and printmaking.

Marina is most known for her evocative portraits, recently gaining international recognition for the portraiture pieces in a rare and challenging printmaking technique of mezzotint.

She sees humans as multilayered, complex creative beings, flickering between the spiritual and material realms of existence. This subtle tension between the opposing aspects of humanity has always been the underlying subject of Marina’s work.

Marina’s artworks and commissioned portraits are part of many private collections around the world.