Kim Dong Yoo


Korean
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About The Artist

Born in 1965, Korean artist Kim Dong Yoo graduated in 1998 from the College of Fine Art, Mokwon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and subsequently pursued his Masters in Fine Arts in Painting in 1990 from the Mokwon University. He is known for appropriating stereotypical images in his work to depict pop culture and icons, as well as subverting and disorientating these subjects by playing on illusions. The pixellation and pop-art concepts of his works are created through a unique and elaborate painting process, where each image consists of multiple individual oil and canvas paintings to create an overall image that fascinates and draws the viewer to examine his works in detail.

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Often paying tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the pop culture emblems that influenced him his whole life, Korean artist Kim Dong Yoo ingeniously captures the elusive larger-than-life presence of his heroes - encasing their memory in an aesthetic homage. Prodigious works of both embellishment and painstaking detail, his visually striking portraits are created through a base of countless miniature portraits - each and every one hand-painted by the artist himself; defying all common conceptions of digitalization with its manually created intricacies. Further depth is added by the choice of selection of both detailed and overarching portraits. In a witty play on the relationships, gossip and scandals that so define celebrities, Kim Dong Yoo carefully selects pairings of iconic stars and encourages the viewer to draw on their history and explore what connects their placement together - effectively immortalizing what was once their lives. All his depicted icons carry an inherent irony or reference in the relationship between the composing and composed images, creating an enjoyable depth that is intriguing and even reminiscent in its relevance. 

Kim has been exhibiting his art since 1989 and has risen to become a highly acclaimed name in Asian contempoprary art. The artist has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, and many works sold at prestigious auctions, including 'Mao vs. Monroe' sold at Sotheby's London 'Contemporary Art Day Auction' in 2008. His works are collected by various museums across Korea including the Hoam Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Hanlim Museum, Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, and the Busan Metropolitan Art Museum.



Selected Collections

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Sungkok Art Museum
Samsung Museum of Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
Kyongkido Museum of Art
93 Museum
Savina Museum
Seoul Museum of Art
Mok Museum of Art
Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art
Busan Metropolitan Art Museum
Daelim Contemporary Art Museum
Seoul Museum of Art
Korean Folk Village Museum
Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art
Hanlim Museum of Art
Kumho Museum of Art
Ho-am Art Museum

 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2012 
Hasted Kraeutler (New York, NY, USA)

2010 
Gallery Baton(Seoul)
Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul)

2009 
Severance Art Space (Seoul)
LEEHWAIK GALLERY (Seoul)

2008 
Galerie Von Braunbehrens (Munich, Germany)

2007 
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul)

2005 
Art park Gallery (Seoul)

2004 
Lotte Gallery (Daejeon)

2001 
Space MOM (Cheongju)

1999 
Kumho Museum of Art (Seoul)



Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 
The Queen: Art & Image (National Museum, Wales / National Portrait Gallery, London)

2011 
Roundabout: Face to Face (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel)
The Queen: Art & Image (Royal Academy, Edinburgh / Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland)
38°N SNOW SOUTH : KOREAN CONTEMPORARY ART (Galleri Charlotte Lund, Sweden)
Art stage Singapore (Singapore)

2010 
KOREAN EYE (London / Singapore)
From seeing to discovering (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)
Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
Asian Contemporary Art & Chinese 20th century Art (Convention center, Hong Kong) 
Multi Efect (Gallery IHN, Seoul)
SEOUL OPEN ART FAIR (Coex, Seoul)
Art DUBAI (Dubai)
SCOPE New York (Lincoln Center, New York)
KOREAN art show (La.venue, New York)
Asia Top gallery hotel art fair (Hong Kong)
In the Midst of the Korean Contemporary Art (GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul)

2009 
Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
The Mustache of the Mona Lisa (Sangrok Exhibition Hall, Gwangju)
Comment about Paintings (Wooyeon Gallery, Daejeon)
Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
From seeing to discovering (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)
Art & Play - Art in Superstar (Seoul Arts Center, Seoul)
Exhibition of 10 years Ceremony for I gong Gallery (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)
From YEONHUI-DONG (Yeonhuidong Project, Seoul)
Unexpected Exhibition (D.art Gallery, Daejeon)
Small is beautiful (LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul)

2008 
Asian Art in London Mayfair (London)
Postwar Contemporary Art
Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
Asia Top gallery hotel art fair (Tokyo)
30 Jahre Galerie von Braunbehrens (Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich)
KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
First Steps - New Art From Korea (Art Seasons, Singapore / Beijing)

2007 
Bridge Artfair (Miami/London)
Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
Asian Contemporary Art fair (New york)
Paintings speech (Wooyeon Gallery, Daejeon)
Exhibition of Famous Painter (Kongju National Universty, Konju)
Asian Art in London Mayfair (London)
Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
Art Taipei (Taipei show, Taipei)
KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
Beijing Art Fair (China world trade center, Beijing)
Usual and Art (Lotte Gallery, Daejeon)
Small is beautiful (LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul)
2006 
Art Singapore (Suntec, Singapore)
Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
Sign & Image (Ian Gallery, Daejeon)
KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
Best collections (LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul)
To go a way (I gong Gallery, Daejeon)

2005 
Asian Contemporary Art (Convention center, Hong Kong)
Paintings speech (Owon Gallery, Daejeon)
Daejeon Art Festival (Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon)
KIAF (Coex, Seoul)
Exhibition of 15 years Ceremony for Kumho Museum of Art (Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul)


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