Lives and works in Paris and Seoul. Living in France since 1961, Bang Hai Ja is a part of the first generation of Korean abstract painters. She discovers her roots outside her country and uses them in her work. East and West are linked in the use of materials she works on : Korean papers, ochre soil of Provence, natural pigments. Bang Hai Ha tries to capture the luminous energy of the cosmos the energy that comes from the act of painting is a true breath that gives the strength of the soul to the one who is looking.
Bang Hai Ja received the price of sacred art at the Monte-Carlo International Great Price Exhibition, Monaco. She was decorated with the art medal of the city Montrouge, Great Price of overseas painter in Korea, on 5th December 2008, and received the Order of Arts and Letters by the Korean President in October 2010. In 2012, she received the France-Korea Cultural Price and the Excellence Price of culture and arts by the In- ternational Foundation of Korean women (KoWinner) in Romania. Her works were exhibited in 2015-2016 at the Cernuschi Museum for the exhibition Seoul Paris Seoul, in connection with the year of Korea in France.
“I would like that through these pigments, the materiel becomes light, that it provides an energy to the one who is looking, an internal smile”. She never stopped looking for light, with a traditional and virtuoso savoir-faire, from the use of the famous Korean paper to the great mastery of calligraphy, while being amazed by the current new approaches in the Western contemporary art. She initiated on one hand to a deep spirituality, in Buddhists monasteries, and on the other hand, to the art of fresco, of stained glass or also to the icon or poetry.