Nikki Park – ARTIST

Nikki Park

Nikki Park

In the artist’s own words  —

My name is Nikki Park. I was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Vancouver, Canada with my family when I was a teenager. It took me a while to get used to the lifestyle in Vancouver. Vancouver is very quiet with beautiful nature around the city. People are very relaxed and kind to each other whereas Seoul is very busy 24/7 with non-stop entertainment so you never feel bored.


As I grew up, I learned to appreciate gentleness and the beauty of nature in Vancouver. I would love to go back to Korea to hold exhibitions and to hang out with my friends sometime soon, but I don’t really see myself moving back to live in Seoul because my heart is in Vancouver.


When I was young, my mom forced me to learn piano when I was more interested in learning violin. My mom didn’t even bother to search for a violin teacher for me. She simply told me that she couldn’t find a teacher and I never brought it up again. I have four older sisters and one younger brother – a big family. When it comes to education and learning extra skills, my older sisters had all the privileges. I was too young and small to take swimming lessons or do other activities. I ended up staying with my mom, watching all my sisters grow.

I took one art lesson when I was five years old. That’s the only time my mom paid for me to have an art class, and that was the end of it.  I decided to become an artist after my very first class. I studied Graphic Design when I went to college and studied Makeup Artistry along with Fashion Merchandising, but I was not successful with getting a professional job in that field in Vancouver. It could have become possible if I went back to Korea or moved to New York. Instead, I opened up a business in ESL education with my ex-husband and ran it for 12 years. I was chasing money but in the end, I felt very empty and decided to follow my dream and passion.


I approached my work with watercolor on paper and expressed my emotions with variety colors and textures. I was working subconsciously, which gave myself freedom to do whatever I felt like doing with art. People liked my work. They seemed to understand the honesty in my work. Through my artwork, I was being heard and learned that my stories were valuable.


There are many reasons why I love to paint. I have been building this goal since I was 5 years old. Most of all, I have found reason for being, and it gives me so much satisfaction to be doing what I love to do.


My short term goal is to have more exhibitions in different countries and cities such as New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Seoul etc..  In a few years, I want to open up my own gallery and run workshops to teach people how to express their feelings on canvas through painting. Most of all, I want to make new opportunities for art students and young emerging artists in Vancouver.





Nikki Park

Nikki Park