Minhwa (pronounced Min – Hwa) is the traditional art of Korean folk painting. The art form became prevalent in the 18th century during the Joseon Dynasty. All paintings in Minhwa have meaning. For example lotus blossoms signify integrity, a carp is a symbol of a successful career, and a magpie means that good news is coming.
Minhwa is done on a special paper called Hanji that is made from the fibers of the mulberry tree. All colors are mixed by hand using powdered pigments and natural glue. The Hanji paper must be treated with this glue to hold paint, this process accentuates the paper’s natural cream color. Several different brushes are used for lines, coloring, and creating gradients for shading. Painting Minhwa is very labor intensive; it can take over 6 months to finish a large project
I'm Korean folk painting artist and the founder of the K-Art Center in Koreatown. The center is a non-profit organization that teaches classes and workshops to preserve Korean folk painting. Proceeds from these paintings will go to the K-Art center to help teach others about the beauty of Minhwa.