Choi Tae Hoon, born in 1965, is part of Korea's rapidly developing contemporary art scene which is now beginning to have greater international exposure. Having pursued his Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A and M.F.A) at Kyung-Hee University in Seoul, he has redefined the elements of sculptural works.
Choi's work is an analogy of nature, translated as the mystic forest, and it strives to have visitors feel a reverence for nature while endowing his work with a spark of divinity. Aspects of his life are reflected and embedded onto each sculpture that he has crafted. One of his debut installations in Vancouver Biennale showing his work 'Skin of Time' amazed the audience by the details of the texture created. 'Skin of Time' is a tree that represents aspects of his life and he has attached and embedded messages and memories related to his personal life on the skin or bark of the tree.
In making a collage of time that has been transformed into an organic form, Choi uses a plasma torching technique where he cuts and welds not only stainless steel plates but also, the cumulative nature of time. The incalculable numbers of the tiny holes on the surface of the work reveal an intensity between the artist's intention and the unruly nature of the material.
Choi Tae Hoo has participated in numerous international solo and group biennale shows in Asia, Europe and the United States. He was awarded the Artist of the Year award in 2012 and in 2006 at different shows.
In the "Forest" series, various artist intentions come together in the form of interlacing tree branches. Human life is interconnected, and Choi also wants to comment on the harmony that he wishes would exist between humans and their surroundings.
Second Prize, Forest Textile Installation Festival, Vienna
Wuhu Liu Kaiqu Award International Sculpture Exhibition (China)
Artist of the Year 2012, Misul Segye (Sculpture Section)
Artist of the Year 2006
Kim Jong Young Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Chung du Biennale, Chungdu, China '96
Donga Art Prize' of Donga Art Fair '91
The Youth Art Fair' 'Special Prize' at the 3rd MBC Figurative Sculpture Fair
'Excellent Prize' of the Youth Art Fair
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Gyeong Gi Do Museum of Art, Korea
Jeollabuk Do Provincial Office
Mt. Nae Jang Sculpture Park
Jangseong Sculpture Park
Shin II Apartment
Renaissance Hotel, Korea
Samsung Hotel, Korea
Home Plus, Korea
Hilton, Beijing, China
Ordos Art Museum, Mongolia
The City 7, Changwon, Korea
Wuhu Sculpture Park, China
Hong Kong 'Upper House', Hong Kong
Invisible Man, Gallery Jireh, Paju, Korea
Chang Won Sculpture Biennale
K Sculpture in Italy
Santlagostina Museum, Italy
Vancouver Biennale, Canada
The Seoul Art Exhibition 2010, Seoul Art Museum, Korea
Dual Skin Project, Seoul Korea
Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai, China
Galaxy, Kim Chong Yung Sculpture Museum, Korea
Gold Line, Cite International des Arts, Paris, France
Museum Autumn Excursion, Seoul Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea
China International Art Salon, Beijing, China
International Sculpture Exhibition, Guilin Yuzi Paradise, Guilin, China