The subject of this painting is water drops against a background of Chinese characters. The droplet emerged as a favored motif of the artist in 1970. In 1986 he added a new element to his work, the Chinese character.
Kim was born in Seoul and studied in the College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University from 1948 to 1950. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1965 to 1968. He moved to Paris in 1969. From 1957 he has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions in Korea, Japan, the United States and Europe. He exhibited at the 2nd Paris Biennale in 1961 and at the 8th Sao Paulo Biennale in 1965. From 1972 to 1976 he participated in the Salon de Mai, Paris. In 1976 and 1979 he had one-person exhibitions at the Hyundai Gallery, Seoul. He exhibited at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool in 1992 and had retrospectives at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul in 1993, and at the Museum of Sunje, Kyungju, Korea in 1994. Kim lives and works in Paris and in the south of France.