Source: The Washington Post.
Born in Seoul, Paik began making video art in the early 1960s. In 1950, in response to the war in Korea, his father, who owned a successful textile manufacturing firm, took his family to Hong Kong and then Japan. As a child, Paik trained as a classical pianist. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on the modernist composer Arnold Schoenberg while studying aesthetics at the University of Tokyo.
Paik met the experimental composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen after moving from Japan to West Germany. Cage’s embrace of chance as an aesthetic principle had a profound effect on Paik, as did the composer’s attempts to break down the distinction between conventional music and other sounds.