Grand prize of western style painting at the
fine art from the Seoul Artist Association, Sept. 1987
Numerous exhibits in Korea and in New York
Excerpt from Southern Spirit:
Myung "Mario" Jung was born September 14,1949 in Seoul, Korea. An accomplished artist, Jung was making a good living working for Decorative Expressions, Inc. of Atlanta - where he still works in the Fine Arts Division - when a fall from a third-story balcony left him paralyzed, blind and partially deaf. In the four months that followed, he lost everything, including the will to live. Doctors gave him no hope. Surgery on his broken back was out of the question, although an optic surgery could possibly restore some of his sight.
Then a life-changing dream came to him, where Christ offered him some food, which he accepted. By the next morning, he found that he could move his hand ever so slightly. Through an interpreter, his corps officer Captain Michael Chang, Jung said that joy flooded his heart, and despite his physical distress and utter helplessness, he was overwhelmed by God's presence. "God gave me new life. Not only did I know that I would walk again and see again, but that I would paint again, and that my first painting after my recovery had to be of Jesus rescuing me," Jung said. To the amazement of doctors, family and friends, Jung's recovery continued. By the time he was able to sketch again, full mobility, total eyesight and most of his hearing was restored. He began work on the painting, which he completed in 20 days and donated to the Atlanta International Corps. Although he speaks no English, the light in his eyes and his bright smile are unmistakable in any language.
Mario Jung Gallery