You Byun

I first saw the magical illustrative work of You Byun at Pick me up Graphics Art Festival, London 2013.

Byun grew up in America, Korea and Japan and currently lives in New York. She received her Master’s degree of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2009.

Her experiences living in different countries are clearly reflected in her designs, which demonstrate appreciation of both Western and Eastern cultures.

Byun draws beautiful landscapes with the most extraordinary detail. Her work is ornate and decorative with intense bursts of pattern. She also uses a rich colour palette, heavy with pastels. The peach tones, which appear in several of her pieces, are especially warm and pretty.

“The works invite you into her imaginative realm that is playful yet sometimes tinged with a somber autumnal hint of transformation.” Byun.

You Byun’s ability to inspire people, has helped her gain recognition from various magazines and win competitions. She is currently working on her first contribution to Nobrow and her second children’s book with international publishers, Penguin Group. Her first book ‘Dream Friends’, was published in February 2013, with the same publisher.

Byun has also produced drawings on an enormous scale, designing murals for Singapore’s ‘Bar Sauce’.

To see more of You Byun’s imaginative work, you can visit

She is also on twitter @YouByun and has a Facebook page dedicated to her creativity You Byun (artist page).




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About Sophie Biddulph

Hello, I'm Sophie and I am currently studying for a BA in Illustration at the University of Worcester, having previously studied Textile Design at Chelsea. I enjoy many forms of art and I often use my surroundings and British heritage to inspire new work, and ways in which I work. 'Born in Britain' is a project for young, undiscovered people, who have developed a talent (a bit like some of us).

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