BTS‘s RM released a new solo song for the group’s 8th anniversary, FESTA 2021. Inspired by one of his favorite activities, “Bicycle,” the project was a collaborative masterpiece by RM, his close guitarist hyung John Eun, and his favorite artist Sungsic Moon (also known as Moon Sung Sik).

Sungsic Moon, born in 1980 in Gimcheon, Gyeongsang Province, studied at Korea National University of Arts, ultimately receiving both a BFA and MFA. In 2005, he became the youngest artist to exhibit at the Korean Pavilion in the Venice Biennale.

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Sungsic Moon with his work Just Life | Kukje Gallery

He has held solo exhibits in several art galleries, displaying his work and participating in many group shows both in Korea and internationally. His work can be found in Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, DOOSAN ART CENTER, HITE Collection, and Seoul Olympic Museum of Art. Lately, he has been a third-term artist-in-residence at Mongin Art Space Artists Studio.

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Sungsic Moon’s Beautiful. Strange. Dirty. at Kukje Gallery, Seoul in 2020 | Kukje Gallery

Moon explained how in his work, particularly nature illustrations and paintings, he said he hopes to represent both the beautiful and layers of the world. While on the outside, we tend to view flowers as something beautiful, he explained there is also a grotesque aspect. He said, “There is another world inside these beautiful flowers, this other world is intense, the bugs inhabit the flower, where they each other and the flowers and then there are birds that swoop in to prey on the bugs.”

Since the outside world, the human realm, and the reality within it are among my greatest interests, I wanted to practice a more technique of drawing subjects that were near and dear to me or attracted me rather than create work that followed a system of steps and sequences [as with my older work].

— Sungsic Moon

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Sungsic Moon’s Just Life | Park Dongseok & Kukje Gallery

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Sungsic Moon’s Garden and an Old ManPark Dongseok & Kukje Gallery

From looking at his art, it’s no surprise that Sungsic Moon is one of RM’s favorite artists. Their styles perfectly suit one another. Some of his pieces, like Uncanny World would even put some in mind of RM.

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Sungsic Moon’s 여름풍경 Summer Landscape | Kukje Gallery

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Sungsic Moon’s Uncanny World | DOOSAN Gallery Seoul

Like Moon, RM’s songwriting can capture the strange and beautiful coexistence of light and darkness in the world. RM also shared how happy he was to have collaborated with Moon for “Bicycle.”

The cover illustration is by one of my favorite artists, Moon Sung Sik. I’m in love with the artwork which really captures his usual style of sketch. I would like to thank both John Eun and Moon Sung Sik for agreeing to work on this passionate piece of work with me!

— RM

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RM on a bike ride | @BTS_twt/Twitter

We wouldn’t be surprised to see these two artists work together again in the future!

Want to learn more about Sungsic Moon? Check out the interview below:

For more about RM’s “Bicycle,” check out the article below:

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About BTS RM’s New Song “Bicycle,” Including What The Bike Means To Him