Gary Kim was born in 1958 in South Korea. His outstanding artistic talent was discovered very early by his art teachers and was destined to become a fine artist. After High School, Gary attended art school and studied drawing and painting and received his bachelor's degree in fine art. Gary continued his education by getting a Master's Degree in an Advertising Design program in Seoul Korea. After graduating he became an acclaimed illustrator and art director for 17 years and taught art and design at art colleges. While working in the advertising field, he spent a lot of time sharpening his drawing skills by studying human anatomy and figurative.