The late Youngran Kim-Hohlfeld (alias Lana Kim) was born in South Korea in 1949. She studied visual communication in Berlin, where she then worked as an independent artist. She painted two untitled works at different points in the East Side Gallery.
Kim-Hohlfeld painted an untitled work on the Wall depicting two towering monoliths. The menacing black blocks contrast starkly with the fluffy clouds floating behind and above them. The blocks are separated by a seemingly insurmountable gulf, perhaps symbolising East and West Germany and the difficult process of reunification after the fall of the Wall. In 2009 Jeanett Kipka repainted the work for the restoration of the East Side Gallery.
Kim-Hohlfeld (alias Lana Kim) studied visual communication at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin from 1983 to 1990. She then worked as an independent artist and book illustrator in Berlin. Her works have been exhibited in several galleries and museums in Germany and Korea.