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DiedJanuary 29, 2006, Miami, Florida, United States
SpouseShigeko Kubota
FactUsed a wheelchair since 1996 when he suffered a stroke that paralyzed his left side but he remained active creatively until 2005 when his condition worsened.

Nam June Paik was born in Seoul, Korea on July 20, 1932. His father was a newspaper editor and his mother was a housewife. He had two brothers and one sister. He was educated at the University of Tokyo and later at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is best known for his work in the field of video art. He is credited with being the first artist to use video in an artistic context. He has exhibited his work all over the world and his work is held in many prestigious collections.

He has been married twice, first to Japanese artist Shigeko Kubota and later to Korean-American artist Charlotte Moorman. He has no children.

His work has been very influential and he is widely considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He died in 2006, aged 73.

General Info

Full NameNam June Paik
DiedJanuary 29, 2006, Miami, Florida, United States
ProfessionActor, Film director, Visual Artist
EducationUniversity of Tokyo, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


SpouseShigeko Kubota
ParentsPaik Nak-seung, Cho Jong-hee


AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
MoviesBack To Fucking Cambridge, Digital Experiments At Bell Labs, The Misfits - 30 Years of Fluxus

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1By the 1950's Paik's performances were more likely to involve whistles or egg beaters than conventional instruments.
2In a 1960 piano performance in Cologne he played Chopin, threw himself on the piano and rushed into the audience attacking Composer John Cage and pianist David Tudor by cutting their clothes with scissors and dumping shampoo on their heads.
3Used a wheelchair since 1996 when he suffered a stroke that paralyzed his left side but he remained active creatively until 2005 when his condition worsened.



Beatles Electroniques1969Short
Zen for Film1964Short
Bye Bye Kipling1986TV Movie
Merce by Merce by Paik1978Documentary short
Guadalcanal Requiem1977Video short
Suite 2121975Short
Global Groove1973Video short
Waiting for Commercials1972Short


The Misfits - 30 Years of Fluxus1993
Back to Fucking Cambridge1987Anton Von Webern
Variations V1966


Horns2013performer: "Hommage á John Cage"
Shutter Island2010performer: "HOMMAGE Á JOHN CAGE" 1959 / writer: "HOMMAGE Á JOHN CAGE" 1959


Suite 2121975Short
Beatles Electroniques1969Short writer


Suite 2121975Short


Suite 2121975Short


Jonas at the Ocean2002DocumentaryHimself
Nina Hagen = Punk + Glory1999DocumentaryHimself
Jonas in the Desert1994DocumentaryHimself
Nam June Paik1962Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film2011DocumentaryHimself - Artist
Nam June Paik2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty2000DocumentaryHimself


Won Awards

1986Maya Deren Independent Film and Video Artists AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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