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So Youn Lee
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b.1984

Born in 1984 in South Korea, So Youn Lee left her native country to pursue her art career in the United States, where she studied at the Art Center of Pasadena and received a BFA in 2012. Lee currently resides and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Recognized for her ethereal, dream-like aesthetic, Lee’s work evolved from figurative art into her signature art style, which centers around an alien-like, genderless character named “Mango.”

 

Surrounded by explosions of color, these vibrant, mixed-media pieces have been embraced by an international audience, who have found a sweet escape in So Youn Lee’s fantastical, otherworldly works. Lee first began showing her work in 2011, which led to her first solo show 'Hello, New World!' in 2016, where her pieces were exhibited at the Secret Fresh Gallery in Manila, Philippines.

Much of her work has been showcased at galleries in the US and throughout the world and most recently her pieces have been seen at ComplexCon at the Gallery Stan space and at the Arsham/Fieg Gallery at the Kith flagship store in Lower Manhattan.

 

1984년 한국에서 태어난 이소연은 미국 패서디나 아트센터 에서 공부하여 2012 년 BFA를 취득했다. 로스앤젤레스 기반으로 활동하는 이소연 작가는인물화로 시작해 지금의 그녀의 시그니처 아트 스타일까지 진화해왔다. 그녀의 작품은 ‘망고’라는 캐릭터를 중심으로 구성되어 있는데, 반짝이는 눈빛이 특징인 작품속 '망고'는 성별이 존재 하지 않는 무성의 캐릭터로, 작가의 또다른 페르소나로서 존재한다. 그녀의 작품 특유의 몽환적인 분위기는 보는이로 하여금 파스텔 솜사탕으로 가득한 꿈속에 들어온 것만 같은 경험을 선사한다.

 

특유의 부드럽고 반짝이는 색채와 생동감 넘치는 혼합 매체 작품은 국제적 관객들에게 꿈같이 달콤한 탈출구로 다가온다. 2011 년 처음으로 작품을 선보인 작가는, 첫 개인전 'Hello, New World!'를 거쳐, 2016년 필리핀 마닐라의 Secret Fresh Gallery에서의 전시까지 이어졌다. 그녀의 작품은 미국과 전 세계의 갤러리에서 전시되었으며 ComplexCon과 Lower Manhattan의 Kith 플래그십 스토어의 Arsham/Fieg Gallery에서 그녀의 작품이 전시된 이력이 있다.

AUCTION

2020    ‘November Feast’ Christie’s

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021    Origin, Gallery Stan, Seoul, Korea

2019    Parallel World, Gallery Stan, Seoul, Korea

2018    Spectruma, Arsham Fieg Gallery, New York, NY

2017    Aurora Punch, Gallery Stan, Seoul, Korea

           Limpid, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA 

2016    Hello, New World! Secret Fresh Gallery, Manila, Philippines

COLLABORATIONS

2020    Lancôme ‘Genifigue’

2018    ALDO ‘MX3 Artist Series’

2016    Subway Singapore ‘Say it with Sub

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS

2021   

Who’s Next?, The Warehouse Gallery, Hong Kong

Art Busan, Busan

 

2020

Urban Break, Seoul

Art Busan, Busan

group show, Hashimoto Contemporary, NYC

House of the Rising Light, Dorothy Circus, London and Rome       

2019   

Art Central Hong Kong, Over the Influence Gallery, Hong Kong

Supersonic Invitational, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

Art Busan, Gallery Stan, Busan, Korea

Moleskine Project, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

KIAF, Gallery Stan, Seoul, Korea

KIAF, Over the Influence, Seoul, Korea

The Paintguide Show, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA

Universe #2 Group Show, the Garage Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherland

2018

7th Annual Supersonic Invitational, Spoke Art, New York, NY

Art Fair Tokyo, Lucie Chang Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan

Art Central, Lucie Chang Fine Art, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

LAX/PDX Part II, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR

Suggestivism, Spoke Art, New York, NY

Complex Con, Gallery Stan, Long Beach, CA

2017

6th Annual Supersonic Invitational, NYC, NY

Art Busan, Gallery Stan, Busan, Korea

Sweet n Low: International Show of Cute, Bedford Gallery, Bedford, CA

DTA Dunny x Manila, Secret Fresh Gallery, Manila, Philippines

2016

5th Annual Supersonic Invitational, Spoke/Hashimoto Contemporary,

San Francisco, CA

Moleskine Project V, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

Colors 4 Person Show, FIFTY FIFTY, Seoul, Korea

No-Commission Bronx, The Dean Collection, Bronx, NY

Suggestivism, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

2015

Thinkspace 10th-anniversary show, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver city, CA

DTA Dunny Exhibition, Clutter Gallery, Beacon, NY

Pow! Wow! Hawaii, Thinkspace Gallery, Hawaii

Pastel Quest, Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

Dreamland, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA

Moleskine Project IV, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Cuba Stake Board, Art Whino Gallery, Oxen Hills, MD

EDC Live Painting, Just Kids Official, Las Vegas, NV

Dream Talk 4 Person Show, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

Art Collector Starter Kit, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA

LAX / LHR, Stolen Space Gallery, London, UK

No Commission Art Fair, The Dean Collection, Miami, FL

Scope Miami Basel, Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, FL

2014

Convergence, Copro Gallery, Culver City, CA

LAX/TXL, Thinkspace Gallery, Schoenberg, Berlin

Art Collector Starter Kit, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA

Giant Among Us, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA

2013

Animal Kingdom, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA

Not in Kansas Anymore, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA

Moleskin Show III, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

Out of Shire, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA

2012

Veneris 13, Skotia Gallery, Culver City, CA

Look at This Look at That! Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA

Veneris 13, Skotia Gallery, Culver City, CA

Moleskin Project II, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA