Nam June Paik

paikNam June Paik was born in 1932 in Seoul, Korea, to a wealthy family. They escaped Korea during the Korean War in 1950 and moved to China, and then Japan. Paik graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1956, and then went to Germany to pursue a life in composition and avant-garde composing. His first solo exhibition, in Germany, consisted of his prepared TV sets, changing the way in which the public perceived them. In 1964 he went to New York where he continued to show his work with TV sets. Paik was one of the first artists to use a portable video camcorder. In 1969, he and another artist decided to create a video synthesizer that manipulated sound and images. This invention was the birth of his video artwork, including Global Groove from our exhibition. He has been featured in many different exhibitions around the world, and even has a Nam Jun Paik Center near Seoul, South Korea, that opened in 2008. He died in 2006 in Miami Beach.