Jong-wan CHOO -
: Jong-wan CHOO

Choo’s color pencil and acrylic-based, large-scale paintings deceive the eye at first glance - they are drawn with an astonishing technique that renders the images extraordinarily photorealistic. He claims his paintings reflect his perspective of the struggles of men today. He disassembles human bodies to represent the inner turmoil that people hide behind their façade of composure, luxury, and superficial joy. He writes, “These empty and destroyed ‘shells’ represent the hypocrisy of men, whose well-kept outer appearance belie deception, corruption, pretense, and falsehood.” Born in 1975 in South Korea, Jongwan Choo received his B.A. and M.A. from Young-nam University. Since the late 1990s, Choo has held 11 solo exhibitions and participated in over 60 group exhibitions in several countries, including Korea, America, England, Germany, China, and Japan. Most notably, he was featured in Korean Eye, a major global publication that introduced key works of 33 most prominent, emerging contemporary Korean artists. He has exhibited in prestigious institutions such as, Saatchi Gallery and Gwangju Museum of Art and has participated in a highly competitive residency program jointly sponsored by Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai and Daegu Art Museum.