Jonathan Kim was born and raised in South Korea and spent most of his 20s in China and 30s in Australia. Like his nomadic life, Kim's artwork contains various cultural elements. Kim's early practice was inspired by the Korean artist Lee Ufan's Man-Nam (Encounter) theory, which was the foundation of the Japanese sculptural movement Mono-ha and influenced the Korean painting style Dansaekhwa. His current practice focuses on defining and demonstrating the Gong-gan-seong (spatiality), the inherent and intuitive relation between different factors, such as material, medium, environment, and audience.
Kim completed the British School at Rome Residency and Sauerbier House Culture Exchange Artist in Residence and is currently at the ACE Open studio residency. Since 2017, Kim has received many awards, fundings, and grants and was involved in around 30 diverse exhibitions.