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Jihoon Choi

Sculpting Since: 2005
Location: Taijeon City, South Korea

Now 42 years young, married with a beautiful daughter, Jihoon was born and raised in South Korea.  He studied environmental sculpture at the University of Taijeon, and has been dreaming of creating sand sculptures all his life.  For nearly 15 years now, he’s actually been doing it. 

He’s performed his art at corporate events, festivals and competitions throughout South Korea and in Taiwan, Japan, Kuwait, Europe and the U.S., and he’s won a number of prestigious awards.  Jihoon teaches the art of sand sculpture in his native land, where he has invented and marketed sand toys for kids. 

He was invited to attend the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge 3 years ago, made the trip here, but became ill and had to fly home before the competition began. Now, for the first time in Southern California, we’ll get a chance to see him create!  We are really looking forward to it.