Dongi Lee
South Korea, b.1967


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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

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Painting, Pop Art, Korean Pop Art, Social Issue, Popular Culture, Atomous, South Korea

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
1995
MFA, Painting, Graduate School, Hongik University, Seoul
1990
BFA, Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul
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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
1999
Money Honey, Seonam Art Center, Seoul; Gallery Grimsi, Suwon; Shinsegae Gallery, Incheon, Korea
1998
Underworld, Kaywon Gallery 27, Ulwing, Korea
1995
Man & Woman 1988-1995, Galerie de Seoul, Seoul
Program, Hongik University Art Museum, Seoul
1993
Gallery On, Seoul
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Group Exhibitions
2017
This is Contemporary Art Museum Part.2: Everyone is an Artist, Everything is Art, 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
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