Seoul, b.1965

Dongi Lee

Dongi Lee received a BFA and MFA in Painting from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. Blurring the boundaries between high and low art, Lee, as the first generation of Pop artists in Korea, appropriates prevalent themes from mass media and popular culture. His works are characterized by flat planes of color and graphic images often involving a character style, Atomous. As a matter of fact, his representative series of works titled Atomous is created by merging two distinctive characters: “Iron Arm Atom” from Japanese manga and “Mickey Mouse” from Walt Disney. This combination of Asian and Western iconic cartoon characters is the artist’s response to the effects of emerging globalization. Furthermore, his Atomous is an identity that is very much of our time – culturally...

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Biography

Dongi Lee received a BFA and MFA in Painting from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. Blurring the boundaries between high and low art, Lee, as the first generation of Pop artists in Korea, appropriates prevalent themes from mass media and popular culture. His works are characterized by flat planes of color and graphic images often involving a character style, Atomous. As a matter of fact, his representative series of works titled Atomous is created by merging two distinctive characters: “Iron Arm Atom” from Japanese manga and “Mickey Mouse” from Walt Disney. This combination of Asian and Western iconic cartoon characters is the artist’s response to the effects of emerging globalization. Furthermore, his Atomous is an identity that is very much of our time – culturally specific yet ambiguous and heterogeneous. Becoming passionate about delivering popular culture through his works of art, Lee provides viewers with clues to a chaotic modern world. In most of his works, Lee not only reflects our perception of reality but also embraces the new world of capitalism in great detail.

Selected solo exhibitions include Galerie Michael Schultz in Berlin, Willem Kerseboon Gallery in Amsterdam, Gallery 2 in Seoul, Gallery Mook of Contemporary Art in Beijing, One and J. Gallery in Seoul and Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul. Selected group exhibitions include Kunsthalle Dresden, Beyond Art Space in Beijing, Alternative Space Loop in Seoul, National Art Museum of China in Beijing, Maison des Arts de Creteil in Paris, MOCA Shanghai, National Museum of Art Deoksugung in Seoul, Canvas International Art in Amsterdam, Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Leeum in Seoul, Marronnier Art Center in Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon and Artsonje Center in Seoul. He is represented by Galerie Michale Schultz in Berlin, Germany, Willem Kerseboom in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Gallery 2 in Seoul, Korea. Dongi Lee lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

Image Courtesy of the artist and K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Text quoted from Artist Pension Trust

Artworks

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15-013-609_Hashtag, 2015

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21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Animation/Cartoon/Comic Books / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Canvas / Cartoonish/Fictitious Characters / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Korean Art / Dense Composition / Korean Art / Korean Pop Art / Painting / Pop Art / Popular Culture / Popular Culture Images / Primary Colors / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / Seoul / Social Issues / South Korea

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1995

    MFA, Painting, Graduate School, Hongik University, Seoul

  • 1990

    BFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013

    Don’t Look Back in Anger,Songwon Art Center, Seoul

  • 2012

    Garden of Uncertainty, Gallery 2, Seoul

  • 2011

    Role Playing Game,Lotte Gallery, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    This is Contemporary Art Museum, K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • 2014

    Graphic Novel, Arario Gallery, Seoul

  • 2012

    Future Pass, National Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

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Education

  • 1995

    MFA, Painting, Graduate School, Hongik University, Seoul

  • 1990

    BFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013

    Don’t Look Back in Anger,Songwon Art Center, Seoul

  • 2012

    Garden of Uncertainty, Gallery 2, Seoul

  • 2011

    Role Playing Game,Lotte Gallery, Seoul

  • 2010

    Bittersweet, Gallery 2, Seoul

  • 2009

    Double Vision, Michle Schultz, Berlin

  • 2008

    Lee Dongi Solo Exhibition, Keumsan Gallery, Tokyo

  • Double Vision, Gallery 2, Seoul

  • Bubbles, Gallery 2, Seoul

  • 2007

    Atomaus vs Pandasonokong/i>, Gallery Mook of Contemporary Art, Beijing

  • 2006

    Smoking, One and J. Gallery, Seoul

  • 2003

    Crash, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2002

    Dongi Lee Solo Exhibition, Kobayashi Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2001

    The Adventures of Atomaus, Gallery Dong Dong, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    This is Contemporary Art Museum, K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • 2014

    Graphic Novel, Arario Gallery, Seoul

  • 2012

    Future Pass, National Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

  • High Times, Hard Times, Interalia, Seoul

  • Love between Dog and Human, Artside Gallery, Seoul

  • Art in Schollbook, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2011

    Henkel Innoart Project, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul

  • Future Pass, Venice Biennale, Venice

  • 2010

    Made in Popland, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • pop art, Organization of Gimhae Arts and Sports Center, Gimhae, Korea

  • Artists Production, SeMa NamSeoul Annex, Korea

  • 2009

    ANIMAMIX Biennial, Today Art Museum, Beijing

  • Pieces of my Puzzle, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany

  • Logic of Sensibility, Interalia, Seoul

  • ANIMAMIX Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

  • MUSEUM2, Korea art gallery, Busan, Korea

  • 2008

    The World of Expression, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

  • Beyond Cartoon: Asian Contemporary Art Group Show, Beyond Art Space, Beijing

  • B Side, doART SEOUL, Seoul

  • 2007

    3L4D-3RD Life 4th Dimension, Metaphysical Art Gallery, Taipei,

  • ANIMANGA, la Maison des Arts de Creteil, Paris

  • Contemporary Korean Art: Wonderland, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

  • 2006

    The Power of Imagination, Korea University Art Museum, Seoul

  • Fiction@Love, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai

  • The Originals, Neo-Aesthetics of Animamix: 2nd Annual Chinese International Cartoonand Animation Festival, Hangzhou, China

  • 2005

    Encounters with Modernism, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul

  • Packed/ Unpacked II: Alice in My Heart, Ssamzie Art Warehouse, Paju, Korea

  • Art from North and South Korea, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam

  • Animate, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

  • The Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide, Australia

  • 2004

    New Collection, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • Beauty & the Beast, Marronnier Art Center, Seoul

  • Fiction@Love: Ultra New Vision of Contemporary Art, MoCA Taipei, Taipei

  • Time Travel with Art Works, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2003

    Naming Card, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul

  • Five, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

  • Comics in Art, Art in Comics, Ewha Womans University Art Museum, Seoul

  • Taegukki, Kyungin Museum of Fine Art, Seoul

  • 2002

    11 & 11 Contemporary Art in Korea and Japan 2002, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • East of Yellow Sea, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai

  • Coming to Our House, Darling Art Foundation, Seoul

  • 2001

    ArtSpectrum 2001, Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul

  • Representation of the Representation, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Trace & Atomaus, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam

  • 2000

    Con-Temporary, Big Sight, Tokyo

  • Enfant Terrible, Ssamzie Space, Seoul

  • T-Shirts, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

  • Media City Seoul 2000: Subway Project, Ulchiro-3ga Subway Station, Seoul

  • Expression of the Time: Eyes and Hands, Seoul Art Center, Seoul