Many visual artists remember creating art from a very young age. For Umi Raby, this is true but with a twist. Raby grew up in South Korea, where she studied classical piano, vocal training, writing and traditional Korean music in her early years, winning the Aja University literature award for poetry when she was 15.
By 16, she was performing on stage in “pansori,” a type of Korean opera, as well as “samul nori,” a traditional Korean percussive music. Raby’s career started in theater but she soon decided to pursue a career in design. After working in design and architecture for 10 years, she moved to the United States in 2000. While living in Santa Fe, she began to channel her art through painting.