Taeen Yooaeeun Yoo was born in Korea and grew up in Seoul in her grandfather's beautiful garden-house. She was raised in a large traditional family with nine members and remembers many fun stories. Growing up, she watched her great-grandmother make traditional Korean costumes, and watched her grandfather carefully observe his orchids and bonsai. Now her grandfather often appears in her illustrations.

  She studied Korean brush painting at Hong Ik University in Korea, and moved to New York to attend graduate school in illustration at The School of Visual Arts. While she studied in graduate school, she was influenced by one of her teachers, Bruce Waldman, a famous etcher. She made her first children's book using etching. Her work has appeared in Cricket, Ladybug, and The New York Times.

Her first picture book, The Little Red Fish, (Dial Books / Penguin, 2007), was awarded the Society of Illustrators’ 2007 Founders Award. She’s also illustrated the reissue of Madeleine L’Engle’s renowned series, The Time Quintet and The Austin Chronicles (Square Fish / Macmillan, 2007, 2008), The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Yim Bridges (Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2008), Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee (Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan, 2009) and So Many Days, also by Alison McGhee (Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, 2010)

Taeeun lives in New York City and enjoys walking on the streets, listening to street musicians, and drawing on location.

Taeeun Yoo is represented by Holly McGhee.
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