Donggang Ha Jung-woong was born on November 3, 1939 in Higashiosaka, Japan to father Ha Hun-sik, originated from Hoemun-ri, Yeongam, and mother Kim Yoon-geum. Since his parents moved to Tazawako, Akita Prefecture to work for Japanese national projects, he mostly grew up in Akita Prefecture.
As a second-generation Korean resident in Japan, he spent his student life in Akita dreaming of becoming an artist but had to put aside his dream due to poverty. Although he lived a harsh life to the point of almost losing his eyesight due to malnutrition, he overcame the situation through diligence and indomitability which propelled his self-made success.
After succeeding as a businessman, he began an artwork collection by focusing on artworks of Korean artists in Japan. He then contributed to establishing the art museum infrastructure by donating all of the artworks he had collected in his lifetime to national and public art centers, museums, and universities in Korea, including Gwangju Museum of Art as well as art centers in Japan.
Notably, beginning with the donation of 212 artworks in 1993, Mr Ha donated a total of 2,523 artworks to Gwangju Museum of Art, including 451 artworks in 1999, 1,182 artworks in 2003, 357 artworks in 2010, 80 artworks in 2012, and 221 artworks in 2014.
Besides, Mr Ha has donated a total of 2523 artworks to Gwangju Museum of Art, beginning with the donation of 212 artworks in 1993 ,471 artworks in 1999, 1,182 artworks in 2003, 357 artworks in 2010, 80 artworks in 2012, and 221 artworks in 2014.
Artworks donated to Gwangju Museum of Art include those by major Korean artists in Japan such as Chun Hwa-hwang, Lee Ufan, Kwak Duck-jun, Quck In-sik, Moon Seung-geun, and Son Ah-yoo, famous foreign artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Rouault, Andy Warhol, Joan Miro, and Ben Shahn, and symbolic Korean artists such as Park Seo-bo, Kim Tschang-yeul, O Syng-yoon, and Hong Sung-dam.
In addition, Ha Jung-woong is striving to build the museum and art center structure as well as developing the Korean art history by donating around 10,000 artworks and rare articles to the Busan Museum of Art, Daejeon Museum of Art, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, National Palace Museum of Korea, Chosun University Museum of Art, Sookmyung Women's University, and Yeongam Ha Museum of Art.