You Jung Byun grew up in the United States, Korea and Japan. Moving around a lot as a child and exploring new places had a profound influence on her work.
Byun loves to paint magical scenes full of enchantment—hidden secret places, strange creatures, unopened letters, candy-colored skies, twinkling moonlight and faraway dream worlds.
She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and magazines including The New York Times. Her portfolio received both Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Portfolio Award and the Tomie dePaola Illustration Award.
Her first book Dream Friends, published by Penguin Random House, was highly praised by New York Times and Amazon. She illustrated the popular children’s book Little Baby Buttercup written by Linda Ashman. Byun’s third picture book, Millie’s Missing Yawn, which she wrote and illustrated, was published in 2018 by Pavilion Books. While working on various projects, she is currently developing her fourth picture book for Penguin Random House.
She lives happily in Brooklyn, New York.
Visit her website www.youbyun.com and instagram @youbyun