Nari was born in Seoul, Korea in 1977. When she was 11 years old she moved to Los Angeles, California with her family.
Drawing and painting were always a big part of Nari’s childhood; creativity came naturally to her, introduced by her artistic mother who was a talented seamstress and self-taught artist. Nari spent her childhood learning art classes and still has joyful memories of creating art. While attending art school in Seoul, Korea, Nari studied still life, traditional landscapes, and figure drawing. During her middle and high school years in California, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in art. In 2000 Nari graduated with honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art & Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Nari began her career as an editorial illustrator for various magazines, and for publishing and record companies. Her work for Warner Bros. Records was featured in the Art Directors Annual No. 80. She also exhibited her works in art galleries throughout the Los Angeles area. In 2012 Nari relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, and began working as a Production Artist & Designer at an art production company/art gallery. There she gained a broad repertoire of advanced art techniques and business knowledge while developing her own unique artistic style.
In 2018, Nari launched her career as an independent artist. She spends every day in her studio working on paintings that focus on movement and interesting layers of paints and textures. She primarily works with acrylic paints and ink on canvases and papers. The subject matters Nari enjoys most are florals, abstract, transitional, and landscapes, but she also enjoys exploring a variety of other subject matter. Textile design, fashion, and interior design are the primary inspiration for her artworks. Nari lives in Goodyear, Arizona with her husband, two sons, and her dog, Kalli.