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    Yeon-gyun Kang (b. 1941, Gwangju) is a noted minjung artist. After the May 18 Democratization Movement, he used art to create awareness of the atrocities of Gwangju and contributed to the revitalization of minjung art in South Korea in the 1980s. From 1969 to 1975, he served as a journalist for the Chonnam Ilbo Culture Department. He set up Rodin Art Studio and began to explore the medium guache painting. He has served as the advisor(1988) and co-chairman (1992-1995) of the National Federation of Korean Artists (People’s Federation). From 1996-1998, he served as the head of the Gwangju Museum of Art and the secretary-general of the Gwangju Biennale (1996-98), and participated in several solo and group exhibitions. At the 1st Gwangju Biennale in 1995, he organized the first Anti-biennale, which was titled Gwangju Unification Art Festival. It presented the works of about 200 artists gathered from around the country in the outdoor exhibition at Mangwol-dong Cemetery.