Sung Jin had a work study job in his freshman year in college. It was an assisting role for a professional photographer, spending many hours in a darkroom and a photo studio. Around that time, Sung Jin purchased his first manual camera, a second-hand Canon AE1 from a local market fair. Since then looking through a camera lens has become Sung Jin’s intimate way of engaging physical world he encounters.
Sung Jin Oh is a Korean American visual artist, born in Seoul, Korea in 1972. His artwork since 2011 focuses on photography and environmental art. In June 2011, Sung Jin’s ongoing work was first presented at the InterArts Fellowship’s ‘Summer Showcase 2011’ by Center for Faith & Work. Since this initial public exposure, Sung Jin’s work has been featured at the New York Foundation for the Arts, Rush Arts Gallery, and Crossing Art Gallery in New York City. During the summer of 2012, ‘Pyramid,’ Sung Jin’s first public collaborative installation work (with Barbara Lubliner), was constructed at the East River Park in Brooklyn as a part of the group sculpture show. In July of 2013, Sung Jin was featured in ‘Artist Spotlight’ section of Assets for Artist’s website sponsored by Mass MoCA. In the same year he also participated a group exhibition at Lincoln Hospital Gallery Space in the Bronx, NY. In 2014 Sung Jin found WOhRKS, an idea-driven interdisciplinary design collaborative, aims to explore the intersection of art and architecture with placemaking at its heart.
Sung Jin received a Bachelor of Building Science in 1996 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bachelor of Architecture in 1997. In 1999, Sung Jin assisted a summer design studio at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China and was appointed as a guest lecturer.
Sung Jin grew up in Seoul, Korea until his family immigrated to U.S. at his age 16. He is currently a proud resident of Harlem, New York City, where he lives with Joelle, his wife, and Jinu, Eena, & Haara, their three children.