Born in 1960, in Cheong Ju, Korea, Ik-Joong has lived and worked in New York City since 1984. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Kang has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris in New York. He also had a two-person show with Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut. His works are in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In the summer of 1997, he was awarded The Special Merit prize in the 47th Venice Biennale.
Next year, he will be showing 160,000 children's drawings as part of his own installation -- children’s drawings he has collected over a decade. The installation will be in a 200-meter-long covered bridge that he designed in Suncheon, Korea, which will be the world's second longest covered bridge, after one in Brunswick, Canada.