Lee Jae Hyo at work

Lee Jae Hyo has been creating wood masterpieces since 1990s. Lee was born in 1965 in Hapchen, Korea. He graduated from Hong-ik University with a Bachelor degree in Plastic Art. He assembles natural materials such as wood pieces, branches and leaves, and iron nails into three-dimensional works which not only hold elegant forms but also convey a strong contemporary mood. He has held many solo exhibitions in Korea, Japan, China, the United Kingdom and the United States. He won a number of honors, including Grand Prize of Osaka Triennial(1998), Young Artist of the Day presented by the Ministry of Culture of Korea(1998) and Prize of Excellence in the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Contest. His works are widely appreciated and adored by art collectors all over Asia, Europe and America.

"My art is about the material," said Lee. "Everything begins and ends with the material. I simply want to show the nature of my common raw materials like wood and nails." His creative concern is "to discover a different way to present the common materials." Obviously, he has succeeded in this area.

As Lee summarizes his approach, "Investigating new material is the key."

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