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Dean Kafatos artwork included in Korean exhibit

September 30, 2010

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Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., dean of Chapman University’s Schmid College of Science, had two of his paintings included in a Minwha art exhibit at Kyungin Exhibit Hall in Seoul this month.

Minwha art is a colorful Korean folk style of painting that typically features the popular themes of mythical figures, nature and animals. Literally meaning “painting of the people,” in ancient times Minwha was often created by anonymous artists. The art form was revived in the 1980s.

Attending the opening with Dr. Kafatos was Susan Yang, Ph.D., professor, School of Computational Sciences at Chapman, who translated his brief address at the event, hosted by master artist Kyu Tae Song. Dr. Kafatos told his hosts that he sees many similarities between the folk art of Korea and that of his native Greece.

“Even though I’m a physicist, I have been an artist myself since an early age and I admire folk arts from different cultures. I was particularly struck by the beauty and detail of Minwha art, which has been brought back due to the excellent efforts of Master Song and many of the artists exhibiting here,” Dr. Kafatos said.  “Being originally from Greece, I find a lot of common elements between Greeks and Koreans, including the importance of art and cherishing nature. I am honored to be part of this historic event and would like to thank the organizers for inviting us.”

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