Artist Jung Myung Seok, 'Cheon Bo'

Under the pen name ‘Cheon Bo,’ Jung Myung Seok has been artistically active in painting and calligraphy in various nations such as South Korea, England, France, Germany, and Argentina.

Many people also refer to him as Seonsaengnim (meaning teacher in Korean), but for them, what he teaches goes well beyond philosophy. His teachings have completely transformed countless lives.

He has travelled a remarkable path. Today, he is the president of the International Arts and Culture Peace Association, as well as a pastor, poet, painter, composer, calligrapher, and architect. He has written over three thousand poems, ten of which are recorded in the Korean Poetry Dictionary–a marvelous collection spanning the last century–and his art has been featured in eleven dedicated art exhibitions in nations around the world. He has composed over 1000 songs, written over 1000 pieces of calligraphy, and built the world’s largest rock landscape, which is an architectural masterpiece in his hometown.

Even with all these achievements under his belt, his greatest boast is always the following: “My greatest accomplishment is that I have lived loving God.”

Once, he was asked to introduce himself at a symposium, and he confessed, “I don’t have accomplishments like the rest of you. There is not much to say about me, but if you want me to say something about myself, then know this: I am someone who has never complained to God–not even once–even when I had to fast for forty days or seventy days because I had nothing to eat. This is my only accomplishment.”

He has learned so much from God over the course of his life. As he realized God’s Truth through praying and putting the Word into practice, he collected his realizations and recorded them as proverbs. To date, those proverbs number over fifty thousand. Approximately three thousand of King Solomon’s proverbs are recorded in the Old Testament, so imagine the kind of life Seonsaengnim must have lived in order to accumulate such a staggering number. 

We hope that his artwork and literature will bring light to the people on this earth.

Artist Jung Myung Seok, 'Cheon Bo'

Jung Myung Seok has been active in his artistic activities and exhibits his calligraphy and paintings under his pen name “Cheon Bo” in South Korea, as well as in England, France, Germany, and Argentina.

People also call him Sungsaengnim, This title means teacher, but for them, what he teaches goes far beyond philosophy. He is whose teachings has completely transformed people’s lives.

He has travelled a remarkable path. Today, he is the president of the International Arts and Culture Peace Association, as well as a pastor, poet, painter, composer, calligrapher, and architect. He has written over three thousand poems, ten of which are recorded in the Korean Poetry Dictionary-a collection spanning the last one hundred years-and his art has been featured in eleven dedicated art exhibitions in nations around the world. He has composed over twenty pieces of music, written over one thousand pieces of calligraphy, and he built the world’s largest rock landscape-an architectural materpiece-in the town where he grew up.

But to him, those achievements mean nothing. When he talks about himself, he only says, “My greatest accomplishment is that I have lived loving God.”

Once, he was asked to introduce himself at a symposium, he introduced himself as follows: “I don’t have accomplishments like the rest of you. There is not much to say about me, but if you want me to say something about myself then know this: I am someone who never complained to God-not even once-even when I had to fast for forty days or seventy days because I had nothing to eat. This is my only accomplishment.”

He has learned so much from God over the course of his life. As he realized God’s truth through praying and putting the Word to practice, he collected his realizations and recorded them as proverbs. To date, those proverbs number over fifty thousand. Approximately three thousand of King Solomon’s proverbs are recorded in the Old Testament, so imagine the kind of life Sunsengnim must have lived in order to accumulate such a staggering number. We hope that his artwork and literature will bring light to the people on this earth.

Artist's Biography

2011 – 9th Solo Exhibition “The Lord’s Design, Artwork of God’s Hands”, Gusang Art Museum

2011 – Elected as “Representative Artist”, Argentina Art Fair Invited Exhibition, Buenos Aires

2001 – 2010 – Private Collection Exhibition, Gusang Art Museum

2008 – “Wind that Blows from Mt. Daedun”, Gallery of Haute Loire Provincial Office, France

“Korean Painting and Craft Art Creations from Tradition”, Korea Cultural Centre, London, UK

2007 – Exchange Exhibition with Invited Artist of Korea, France, and Japan, Cruz Beaux-Arts Gallery, Paris/Sponsored by Beaux-Arts of the France High School Education Department

2004 – Japan Cultural Exchange Exhibition with Invited Artist, Osaka, Japan

2003 – International Culture and Arts Peace Association Cultural Exchange Exhibition with Invited Artist, Vancouver, Canada

2001 – Korea & Germany Exchange Exhibition, City Hall of Stuttgart, Germany 4th Global Village Art Festival “Love and Peace”, Seoul Arts Center

1998 – 2000 – 1st-3rd Busan Shinhwa Art Festival, Busan Community Center Grand Exhibition Hall

1997 – 3rd Global Village Art Festival “Life”, Seoul Municipal Art Museum

1995 – 2000 – 1st-5th Asia Youth International Exchange Exhibition, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

1995 – 2nd Global Village Art Exhibition “History Repeats”, Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art

1990 – 1st Village Art Exhibition “To Find the Truth”, Nakseongdae

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9th Solo Exhibition The Lord’s Design, Artwork of God’s Hands, Gusang Art Museum

Elected as Representative Artist, Argentina Art Fair Invited Exhibition, Buenos Aires

Private Collection Exhibition, Gusang Art Museum

Wind that Blows from Mt. Daedun, Gallery of Haute Loire Provincial Office, France

Traditional Korean Painting and Crafts Art Creations, Korea Cultural Centre, London, UK

Exchange Exhibition with Invited Artists from Korea, France, and Japan, Cruz Beaux-Arts Gallery, Paris/

Sponsored by Beaux-Arts of the France High School Education Department

Japan Cultural Exchange Exhibition with Invited Artists, Osaka, Japan

International Culture and Arts Peace Association Cultural Exchange Exhibition with Invited Artists, Vancouver, Canada

Korea & Germany Exchange Exhibition, City Hall of Stuttgart, Germany

4th Global Village Art Festival Love and Peace, Seoul Arts Center

1st-3rd Busan Shinhwa Art Festival, Busan Community Center Grand Exhibition Hall

3rd Global Village Art Festival Life, Seoul Municipal Art Museum

1st-5th Asia Youth International Exchange Exhibition, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

2nd Global Village Art Exhibition History Repeats, Kyung-In Museum of Fine Arts

1st Village Art Exhibition To Find the Truth, Nakseongdae

ARTECLASICA

At “ARTECLASICA”, a famous art exhibition held in Buenos Aires the capital of Argentina on July 2011, Pastor Jung Myung Seok’s art piece “Destiny” was awarded ‘Best Art Work. He was also chosen by the organizing committee from among 3000 other artists from around the World as the ‘Representative Artist’ of the exhibition. His artworks were also the only ones to be invited to the event from the whole of Korea and were on display for 10 days over the span of the ARTECLASICA exhibition.

Reporters from 4 television news stations, including Argentina’s “Canal A”, came to interview Pastor Jung about his life and artwork, and the interview was aired nation-wide. Additionally, Pastor Jung’s artworks also received overwhelming publicity through newspapers, magazines, and other media.

ARTECLASICA

At ARTECLASICA, a famous art exhibition held in Buenos Aires the capital of Argentina on July 2011, Pastor Jung Myung Seok’s art piece Destiny was awarded Best Art Work. From among 3000 other artists across the globe, he was chosen by the organizing committee as the Representative Artist of the entire exhibition. His artworks were also the only ones that were selected into the event in all of Korea and were on display for 10 days over the span of the ARTECLASICA exhibition.

Reporters from 4 television news stations, including Argentina’s Canal A, came to interview Pastor Jung about his life and artwork, and the interview was aired nationwide. Additionally, Pastor Jung’s artworks also received overwhelming publicity through newspapers, magazines, and other media.

Comments by Argentina Arts Association

“Through this impactful art piece from Korea, we are able to give recognition to a world famous artist and to gather people with the same passion for art. The artist’s masterpiece has both the traditional and modern elements. It displays the limitless talents of the artist and it has touched all of us greatly. It is not easy for us, who are more familiar with the western culture, to understand the eastern culture and the artist who did that painting. His mentality displayed is religious, and out of this world. In order to experience his world and mentality, our footsteps brought us to his artworks. This artist got the greatest honour by presenting us with artworks that are of another level. Everyone knows that it is impossible for each of the audience to feel and experience how good the art piece is during the introduction to the artwork. Hence, it is very important for the audience to put in the effort to hear about the stories that are hidden in each artwork. We would like to acknowledge that we had heartfelt joy and deep messages in this meet up with noble artists from all over the world, through this meeting cultures.”

Comments by Argentina Arts Association

“Through this impactful art piece from Korea, we are able to give recognition to a world renown artist and to gather people with the same passion for art. The artist’s masterpiece has both traditional and modern elements. It displays the limitless talents of the artist, and it has touched all of us greatly. It is not easy for us, who are more familiar with western culture, to understand eastern culture and the artist behind that painting. His mentality is spiritual and out of this world. In order to experience his world and mentality, our footsteps brought us to his artworks. This artist received the greatest honor by presenting us with artworks that are of another level. Everyone knows that it is impossible for each member of the audience to feel and experience how good the art piece is only during its introduction. Hence, it is very important for the audience to put in the effort to hear about the stories that are hidden in each artwork. We would like to acknowledge that through this exchange of different cultures, we have gained heartfelt joy and deep messages during this meetup with noble artists from around the world.”