Born in Seoul, South Korea, Anna Paik studied drawing and painting with leading figurative American painters Sidney Goodman and Will Barnet at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Paik won numerous prestigious prizes including the highly coveted William Emlen Cresson Prize, Benjamin West Prize, Cecilia Beaux Prize, Thomas Eakins Prize among others and exhibited in numerous juried and invited group and solo exhibitions in New Orleans, New York, Delaware and Philadelphia before her subsequent move to London in 1996.
In 1999 Paik launched her career in London with a solo exhibition represented by Fine Art Commissions Ltd. on Cork Street. In 2003 Paik won first prize in the Garrick/Milne Prize, a national painting competition in UK, whose jury members included both the previous Surveyor and the present Surveyor to the Queen’s Pictures. Along with further solo exhibitions and many group shows over the years Paik’s works have been shown at: the National Portrait Gallery; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Mall Galleries with New English Art Club and Royal Society of Portrait Painters; Wolseley Gallery at London Art Fair; Russell Gallery; Christie’s London; and Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam. Paik’s paintings are collected in USA, South Korea, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands and UK.
In pursuit of paintings of depth and timelessness, always experimenting, Anna Paik works to capture the lasting power of life with personal symbolism.