Today, Sun Mu lives in Seoul: he graduated from the Art University, got married and has kids.
But part of his family still lives in North Korea.
“I need to paint undercover and with a fake name to protect them, because my art works could cost their lives. That’s why I don’t show up at my exhibitions around the world.”
“I am not interested in blaming anyone anymore. I just want to feel free to express my feelings, trying to be a bridge between North and South Korea through my art works.”
Only few colleagues, a handful of journalists, and obviously his wife know about his real identity.
“People I meet on a daily basis have no clue about who I really am: not even my closest friends. Sometimes they ask me why I don’t work, and even their kids are curious. Sometimes they tell them – daddy, why your friend doesn’t wear a suit and go to the office like you? -“, he laughs.
“They don’t know that while they are in the office I am painting a portrait of Kim Jong-Un with Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell on his shoulder”.
Here, we all laugh.