Hryanskim (김성문) is a Korean-American artist born in Syracuse, New York. Growing up, his time was split between the diametrically different cultures of the United States and South Korea. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Illustration. He currently works as a fine artist and illustrator, incorporating both traditional and digital tools and techniques.
Thematically, his work focuses on narratives expressed through the personification of animals and plant life. The stories behind each piece are inspired from a variety of sources such as pop culture, zoology, history, and personal observations of parallels drawn between the behavioral characteristics of certain animals and those seen in our own societies. When working with paint, he mainly uses different types of acrylic paints and mediums. The work is created through the use of a layering technique consisting of multiple layers of colors that are then covered through glazing, dripping, and splattering paint to achieve both clarity and depth. This process is repeated multiple times and allows him the ability to exercise both rigid control and unpredictable chaos in each of his images. When working digitally he combines line drawing and shading reminiscent of techniques used in inking and pencil rendering. As of recently he has also begun incorporating photo collage and digital filtering to enhance the textural qualities of his digital pieces.