Sung Sam Park began painting at the age of twelve in his birthplace of Soeul, Korea. His talent and teaching abilities were quickly recognized and by the age of thirteen, while still a student in junior high, Park taught painting in local high school art classes.
Early on, Park attracted the attention of prominent artists and heads of state. Byun Si-Jin, former university president of Jo-Joo Island, was his private art teacher and mentor. The former president of South Korea, Yoon Bo-Sun, personally awarded him many first place honors in the national competitions of the Mok-Woo Art Society. To date, Park remains the youngest person to have ever been entered into these prestigious competitions.
After graduating from Jung Ang University in 1973, Park traveled to France, where he studied painting and lived with other young artists in Paris. His artistic style today clearly reflects the inspiration of the French Impressionists.
Sam Park returned to Korea briefly in 1984 to participate in the national Olympic-sponsored art competition for the upcoming 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. With more than two thousand entrants in the competition, Park received the gold medal.
In 1986, Park became a jury member for the Heart and Mind Artists Association of Korea - an organization that assesses all artwork presented for juried competition in that nation.
Park then returned to Europe, where he lived for the next fourteen years - primarily in France, but also in Greece and on Cyprus. While in Cyprus, he was commissioned by the President to paint the First Ladys portrait. This and five other paintings by Park are currently displayed in the art collection at the Presidential Palace.
Park continued to study and to evolve his vision of impressionism and hyper-realism. He is established in several European galleries, and continues to exhibit in many of them today. He came to the United States in 1994 and currently resides on the coast of southern California.