North Korean Artist Portrays Kim Jong-il as Marilyn Monroe

An artwork titled “Marilyn Monroe” by North Korean defector painter Song Byeok, which satirizes North Korean leader Kim Jong-il , is seen at his atelier in Seoul December 23, 2011. (Reuters)

North Korean artist Song Byeok stands next to his painting of the late Kim Jong-il, who is portrayed as Marilyn Monroe. (Reuters)

North Korean defector and painter Song Byeok poses with his work during an interview with Reuters at his atelier in Seoul December 23, 2011 (Reuters)

North Korean artist Song Byeok at work. (Reuters)

North Korean defector Song Byeok, who once proudly drew the “Dear Leader” in propaganda paintings and then became a slave labourer in one of the reclusive state’s notorious prisons, has now turned to mock a ruler who led his country into famine, isolation and economic ruin. (Reuters)

An artwork titled “Marilyn Monroe” by North Korean defector painter Song Byeok, which satirizes North Korean leader Kim Jong-il , is seen at his atelier in Seoul December 23, 2011. (Reuters)

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