As an artist, Korál has been creating and selling his work for over thirty years. He has also been studying ballroom and Latin dance for nearly half of that time. So it is not surprising that these two passions would eventually come together. For over a decade, dance, and in particular ballroom dance, has been his preferred subject.
Korál is an artist of Peruvian descent. Born in 1966 in New Jersey, he was raised on Long Island where his lifelong dedication to a career in art began. He began his formal studies of art at the age of sixteen at Southampton College. Choosing to freelance as an illustrator, rather than taking a work-study job, was the first of many such decisions which would carry him through the next thirty years.
Korál also studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Parsons in Paris, but the majority of his training in art was done by studying directly with artists whose work he admired, and "where better to learn color theory than by painting with the Impressionists in the hills of Normandy and Picardie?" Still, his formal education included studies in many areas including advertising art, graphics and printing, theater, languages, and finally philosophy. Eventually, Korál received his BA in philosophy from SUNY Stony Brook. Philosophy and his other interests served mainly to feed his artistic passions. His other interests include writing, woodworking, and chess. Dancing came later.
Another of his passions is travel. Following a journey from Paris to Morocco in 1997, Korál began to include Flamenco dancers in his work. He had discovered Flamenco in Spain and it sparked a lifelong interest in Latin dance. Most recently, Korál has spent ten weeks in North London where he was working directly with world class professional Latin dancers on a new series of paintings.