Mario Jung

Clear Sky Morning

Blue Sky

Oil on Canvas

Image size 24 x 20


912947 Pink Rose

Oil on Panel

Image size 12 x 9


914912 Awakening

Oil on Canvas

Image size 24 x 36

Ballet Slippers and a Rose

913334 Ballet Slippers and a Rose

Oil on Canvas
Image size 36 x 36

912946 Red Rose

Oil on Panel

Image size 9 x 12


912945 Tea Set with Red Rose

Oil on Panel

Image size 11 x 15

Mario Jung was born September 14, 1949 in Seoul, Korea.

Mr. Jung has an outstanding national and international reputation as an artist. The artist has a dramatic brush stroke that is unparalleled. His style and coloration are unique and distinguishes his paintings from all others. The rhythmic formation of Mario's paintings show high artistic talent and separates him from other talented artists.

SYNOPSIS OF HIS CAREER March 1971 - Graduated from Seoul Industrial Junior College July 1986 - Awarded GRAND PRIZE OF WESTERN STYLE PAINTING AT THE EXHIBITION OF FINE ART FROM THE SEOUL ARTIST ASSOCIATION. Sept. 1987 - Exhibited at Korea Art Exhibition March 198X - Exhibited at Korea Art Exhibition April 1990 - Exhibited at New York Art Expo. Sept. 1990 - Exhibited at Korea Art Exhibition for Western Style Paintings April 1992 - Exhibited at Dino-A Art Festival at Dong-A Press Company, Ltd. Nov. 1992 - Exhibited at Korean Art Exhibition 1993 - Exhibited at Korean Art Exhibition, Molwoo-Association Art Exhibition and the Hankook Art and Culture Association Mr. Jung has been a member of the Seoul Artist Association since 1986.

Photo Major Frank Duracher
Mario Jung (right) and Captain Michael Chang are shown with Jung's painting of a dream that changed his life.

From brokenness to blessing

The art of healing

By Major Frank Duracher


Mario Jung spent his whole life searching for God. An accident and paralysis forced Jung to lay still and let the Lord find him. 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. He had money, talent, a promising career and a wife. The only thing his life lacked was a joyfilled spiritual relationship. He felt that God was too distant for him to find. 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. He had no desire to even eat. At the age of 53 he felt he had absolutely nothing to live for. Then Jung had a dream - a remarkable vision of Jesus handing a bit of food to him and urging him to eat. In the dream, Jung accepted the food from Jesus and ate it. By the next morning, he awoke to find that he could move his hand ever so slightly. That was a life changing moment for Jung. 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. In the days and weeks that followed, he visualized the painting he knew he must offer as a gift of thanksgiving and witness. 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 had decided to donate to the corps. Jung completed the painting in 20 days and brought it to Chang to hang in the foyer of the Atlanta International Corps. It is a magnificent portrait with deep symbolism. Jung is the sheep, whose broken and bruised body was at the point of death. Christ is the shepherd coming to Jung's rescue. Satan is hovering nearby in the form of a bird of prey. Healing rays emanate from Christ's hand to the sheep's back. The twin waterfalls in the background represent the Old and New Testaments, and God's covenant with Jung is the rainbow in the lower right hand corner. God gave to Jung much more than he lost. He said that he feels a joy in his life he never knew before. Everything has new meaning for him now even his painting. Now that he is born again, Jung wants only to use his talents for the Lord and the Army. Although he speaks no English, the light in his eyes and his bright smile are unmistakable in any language: "Before I was saved, I placed conditions on helping people. Now that I have Christ, I want to help people without conditions attached!"

Reprinted from Southern Spirit

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