Kim William Fink received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art), Portland, Oregon in 1975, studying painting from Mike Russo and printmaking from Clifford Smith, the first Education Director of Tamarind Institute. In 1979, he graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and Rome, Italy with an MFA in Printmaking, studying under Romas Viesulas, John Dowel, and Rochelle Toner.
He has had over 250 solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, has lectured in numerous colleges and universities, teaching at the Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, the American University in Corciano, Italy, directed print workshops at RISD Rome program and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, held Artist-in-Residencies at KALA Art Institute, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Vermont Studio Center, the Scoula Internazional de Grafica, Venice, Italy and attended the Crown
My work primarily is an act of exploration and discovery. Working with a vocabulary of accumulated images drawn largely from contemporary mass-media, and influenced by everyday objects, myth, relational concepts, philosophy, literature, and political and social concerns, I utilize text and imagery to poignantly elucidate issues in both a serious and playful way. I hone down these images to essential visual elements.
It is my goal to create a fusion of cultural realities that explore objective versus subjective visions and develop a synthesis between image and meaning by the use of metaphor, suggesting multiple interpretations. My relationship with high/low art practices incorporates hand-printing processes, and computer-assisted images mixed with collage and drawing. Images are gathered over time and appropriated from various media sources such as newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and found objects. I attempt to keep application techniques simple and basic, as the building-up