John Park is a muralist, illustrator, and 3D cardboard sculptor. Born in Seoul, raised in Ohio, and residing in Los Angeles, he has been a career artist since 2012.
His large-scale murals can be found on businesses and in neighborhoods throughout the US and blend together figurative work with colorful and abstract backgrounds. His 3D cardboard art has been an evolution of masks, mounted animal heads, and wearable puppets. His most notable 3D art was a wearable T-Rex scull commissioned by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for the opening of their updated Fossil Hall exhibit in 2019.
"One of my earliest childhood memories is drawing a picture. I remember it was of a little man wearing a long winter coat, possibly the beginning of a bucolic winter scene. I was drawing the body when it suddenly dawned on me that I didn't know how necks worked. The transition between head and body completely mystified me. After several failed attempts I had what was arguably my first "eureka" moment: I realized I knew how to draw scarves! I promptly drew one onto the little man and was able to move on. I followed it up with a ninja...wearing a scarf." - John Park