/Korean folk art
Minhwa has been an essential part of Korean people’s lives as it portrayed their dearest wishes, wealth and honor, such as longevity, prosperity and success in life.
By Sofia Kim
Minhwa refers to Korean folk art produced mostly by itinerant or unknown artists without formal training, emulating contemporary trends in fine art for the purpose of everyday use or decoration.
Minhwa literally means “painting of the people” or “popular painting”. This type of painting was often the work of anonymous craftsmen who faithfully adhered to the styles, canons and genres inherited from the past.
Minhwa also traditional Korean folk art from Chosun dynasty (1392-1910) painted onto paper or canvas.