Born in Seoul, Korea, Don came to the United States in his late teens. After seven years of service in the U.S. Army, he pursued his childhood dream of living as an artist by training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. There he earned a BFA with honors, and later, an MFA with emphasis on fine art and traditional illustration. After graduating from the Academy, Don has spent 15 years teaching drawing, oil painting, and anatomy in and around Chicago. He has also operated an independent art studio in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he taught life drawing classes while working as a freelance illustrator.
Since 2002, Don has been teaching oil painting, figure drawing, and artistic anatomy at the American Academy of Art, where he is also serving as Chairperson of the Fine Art Department and Foundations Department. He also teaches a weekly portrait drawing class in his studio at the historic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. Painting outdoors in the Chicago area, as well as in his studio, Don frequently exhibits his work. His paintings and drawings are collected by art enthusiasts through the United States and Europe.
Don specializes in sketching people and architecture in pen, ink, and watercolor, and outdoor sketching in oil (plein air oil painting). At this year’s seminar, Don will teach a special, all-day seminar, Urban Sketching in Oil Paint.
See more of Don’s work at www.donyang.com.