Recent Activities

Zin's recent art activities, paintings, drawings, teaching, writing, recording and traveling.




Zin Lim was born in Seoul, South Korea. He liked drawing and studied basic drawing and color theory to prepare for an entrance test of art college. He majored industrial design as emphasis of Environmental design at Hong-Ik university (Hong Dae Ap, Shinchon in Seoul) that is located in the most dynamic area culturally and academically in South Korea. The indie culture and artistic diversity influenced him to have wide range of artistic perspective. In 2000, he moved to San Francisco, California to study 3-D Animation at Academy of Art University. Including past major, environment/product design, animation is also human related studies and require basic understanding of human circumstances and human body. During the foundation studies about human body and philosophy, he found he was more interested in human itself.

To him, fine art is the best forms to observe people, interpret by personal philosophy and express the aesthetics through visual message. Enjoyable time was given to continue study, update thinking and create arts. In 2006, Lim completed his MFA with distinction at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with numerous top awards from the most prestigious U.S national and international competitions.He has been teaching painting and drawing courses at Graduate School of Fine Art / Illustration at Academy of Art University. And his teaching extended to workshops in various cities worldwide and video lectures through YouTube channel online. Zin Lim is creaing paintings, drawings and art videos at his art studio in Alameda, CA.






Professional experiences


Lecture and demonstrations of various visual art courses.

(December 2018 –Present)

  • Expressive Portrait Drawing.

  • Expressive Portrait Painting.

  • Expressive Figure Drawing.

  • Expressive Figure Painting.

  • Composition for Oil Painting.

  • Composition for Charcoal Drawing.

  • Plein-air Painting.

  • Portfolio Development.

  • Portfolio Review.



Florence, Italy. 6/28-7/3.

Scottsdale, AZ, USA. 3/16-20.

Mexico City, Mexico. 3/11-14.



Denver, CO, USA. 11/1-3.

Vancouver, BC, Canada. 10/27.

Seattle, WA, USA. 10/25-26.

Tokyo, Japan. 9/20-21.

Changsha, China. 7/26-28.

Seoul, South Korea. 7/19.

Seoul, South Korea. 7/6.

Sydney, NSW, Australia. 6/22-23.

Launceston, TAS, Australia. 6/20-21.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 6/7-9.

Fresno, CA, USA. 5/17.

Toronto, ON, Canada, 5/5.

Boston, MA, USA. 5/4.

Alameda, CA, USA. 4/26-28.

Amsterdam, Netherland. 4/13-14.

Berlin, Germany. 4/7.

Barcelona, Spain. 4/5.

Dubai, UAE. 3/29-30.

London, UK. 3/23-24.

Scottsdale, AZ, USA. 2/16-17.

Burlingame, CA, USA. 1/12-13, 19-20.



Tustin, CA, USA. 12/1-2.

London, UK. 11/3.

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. 10/25-29.

Palo Alto, CA, USA. 10/13.

Houston, TX, USA. 10/6.

Atlanta, GA, USA. 9/29.

Montreal, QC, Canana. 9/15.

New York, NY, USA. 9/8.

Denver, CO, USA. 9/1.

Seattle, WA, USA. 8/25.

Burlingame, CA, USA. 8/19.

Taipei, Taiwan. 7/14.

Hong Kong, China. 7/7-8.

Seoul, South Korea. 7/4.

Seoul, South Korea. 6/22-23.

Seoul, South Korea. 6/15-16.

Valley Glen, CA, USA. 6/3.

Oakland, CA, USA. 5/26.

Fremont, CA, USA. 5/19.

Oakland, CA, USA. 5/12.

Burlingame, CA, USA. 3/24,31, 4/7,14,21.

Los Angeles, CA, USA. 3/10.

Burlingame, CA, USA. 2/3,10,17,24, 3/3



Creation of art video demos, editing and management.

(January 2017 – Present)

Zinlimpresent (YouTube Channel),

Zin Studio (Vimeo Channel)


Responsible for building mission statement, bylaw and art curriculum and art critiques.

(June 2012 – Present)

Zin Studio at Co-Op Arts


Teaching MFA drawing/painting courses at Graduate School of Fine Art and Illustration Dept.

(September. 2006 – 2017)

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

  • Directed Studies for seniors.

  • Expressive Drawing.

  • Expressive Painting.

  • Portrait Painting.

  • Figure Drawing.

  • Figure Panting.

  • Chiaroscuro. 




Best of Show, Peninsula Art League Annual Open Show


Best of Show, Coleman Fine Art National Juried Exhibition 

Best of Show, Fiesta de la Paloma National Juried Art Show

Honorable Mention, Santa Cruz Juried Show; Go Figure


Best of Show, Midland Art Association 2009 National Juried Show 

2nd Place, in Oil/Acrylic, Midland Art Association 2009 National Juried Show


Best of Show, Emerald Spring National Juried Show

Honorable Mention, American Splash 2008 National Juried Show

Portrait Award, American Splash 2008 National Juried Show


Hoffman Trust Award, 49th International Award Exhibition

Special Recognition, 9th Annual Realism International Juried Show


Best of Show, Salon International 2006

Exceptional Merit, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition 2006

Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, 15th National Exhibition

Second Place, Expressions West 2006

Portrait Award, American Splash National Juried Show



2006   MFA (Fine Art), Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                

2003   BFA (Fine Art), Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA  

2000   BFA (Industrial Design), Hong Ik University, Seoul, South Korea 



OPA Signature Member, The Oil Painters of America

Juried/Invitational exhibitions



Peninsula Art League Annual Open Show, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA

Cumberland Society National Exhibition, Richland Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

2D-3D Works: National Art Competition, LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

Return to Simplicity, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA


Coleman Fine Art Juried Exhibition, Fine Art League at Coleman, TX

Go Figure, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

2 Person Show, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Charleston, SC

The Great American Figurative Artists, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


Oil Painters of America 18th National Juried Exhibition, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Salon International 2009, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, San Antonio, TX

Artist Association of Northern Colorado 18th Annual National Art Exhibition, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

Midland Art Association 2009 Spring Juried Art Show, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX

The Great American Figurative Artists, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


The Great American Figurative Artists, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

7th Annual Small Works Exhibition, Addison Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2 Person Show, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Charleston, SC

Figurative Beauty, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Charleston, SC

PaperWorks National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Hamilton Field, CA

Bay Area Influence, Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Emerald Spring National Juried Show, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR

American Splash 2008 Juried National Show, Old Post Office Museum & Art Center, Graham, TX


Oil Painters of America 16th National Juried Exhibition, Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

The Great American Figurative Artists Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

49th International Award Exhibition, Museum of Living Artist, San Diego, CA

9th Annual Realism Juried International Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery

Small Painting Annual Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


Salon International 2006, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, San Antonio, TX

Portrait Society of America, 8th International Conference, Dallas, TX

Oil Painters of America 15th National Juried Exhibition, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT

Expressions West 2006 Juried Exhibition, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

American Splash 2006 Juried National Show, Old Post Office Museum & Art Center, Graham, TX




The Artist’s Magazine; Annual Competition Winners

The American Art Collectors Magazine, New Paintings of Zin Lim

The International Artist's Magazine, Master Showcase-The Art of the Portrait

The Southwest Art Magazine, The Grand Prize Winner of Salon International 

The Portrait Society of America, International Portrait Competition Winners

The World Link, Award Winners of Expressions West 2006

The International Artist's Magazine, Award Winners of Competitions 

The New York Elite Magazin, Artist Interview

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