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b. 1961, South Korea

Choi Jeong Hwa Biography

Using a wide variety of materials- from shopping trolleys to video to food- Choi Jeong Hwa's playful practice comments on the priveleged status of art and its institution. His most well known installations are spectacular inflatable blooms. These colourful public works create a bridge between the modern world and the cosmological realm of Asian symbolism. The lotus, as a symbol of purity and divinity, is rewritten as an immortal icon of commodity culture. And avid collector of urban detritus, Choi Jeong Hwa is regarded as a founding member of the Korean Pop Art movement.

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Trained as a designer and artist Choi has participated in many biennials of contemporary art, including the Arsenale Kyiv (2012), the 17th Sydney Biennial (2010), the Gwangju Biennale (2006), the Venice Biennale – Korean pavilion (2005), the CP Biennale (2005), the Liverpool Biennial (2004), the Lyon Biennale (2003), the Yokohama Triennale (2001), the São Paulo Biennale (1998) and the Taipei Biennale (1998). Choi Jeong Hwa was born 1961 in Seoul, Korea. He lives and works in Seoul.

Choi Jeong Hwa Featured Artworks

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연금술 Alchemy (right) by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong Hwa연금술 Alchemy (right), 2019실리콘, 스테인리스 스틸 프레임. Silicone, stainless steel frame.
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心 Heart (right) by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong Hwa心 Heart (right), 2020네온, 크롬 코팅된 철판. Neon, chromate coated steel plate
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연금술 Alchemy by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong Hwa연금술 Alchemy, 2019실리콘, 스테인리스 스틸 프레임. Silicone, stainless steel frame
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연금술 Alchemy (left) by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong Hwa연금술 Alchemy (left), 2019실리콘, 스테인리스 스틸 프레임. Silicone, stainless steel frame

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雨 Rain by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong Hwa雨 Rain, 2020네온, 패널 위에 천 부착. Neon, fabric on panel
87 x 87 x 10 cm
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당신의 밝은 미래 Your Bright Future by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong Hwa당신의 밝은 미래 Your Bright Future, 2020네온, 플라스틱 의자. Neon, plastic chair
98 x 60 x 60 cm
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당신의 밝은 미래 Your Bright Future by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong Hwa당신의 밝은 미래 Your Bright Future, 2020네온, 대리석, 나무 패널. Neon, marble, used wooden panel
178 x 58 x 10 cm
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Alchemy by Choi Jeong Hwa contemporary artwork
Choi Jeong HwaAlchemy, 2013-14Plastic bowls, LED, steel frame
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Choi Jeong Hwa Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Choi Jeong Hwa, 살어리 살어리랏다 SARORISARORIRATTA at P21, Seoul
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28 August–10 October 2020 Choi Jeong Hwa 살어리 살어리랏다 SARORISARORIRATTA P21, SeoulSeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Choi Jeong Hwa, Heemin Chung, Sueyon Hwang, Chunghyung Lee, Group Show at P21, Seoul
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18 September–6 October 2019 Choi Jeong Hwa, Heemin Chung, Sueyon Hwang, Chunghyung Lee Group Show P21, SeoulSeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gallery Highlight at P21, Seoul
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1 July–23 August 2018 Group Exhibition Gallery Highlight P21, SeoulSeoul

Choi Jeong Hwa Represented By

P21 contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea P21 Seoul
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Choi Jeong Hwa In Related Press

8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 5 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

Held over nine sites and including 33 artists, the first edition of the Honolulu Biennial takes place between 8 March and 8 May 2017. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Biennial challenges the idea that Hawaiʻi is in 'the middle of nowhere'. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on...

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Public art invades Anyang Related Press Public art invades Anyang 27 October 2016, The Korea Times

Among commercials screened at Anyang Station on Seoul Metro Line 1 is a video featuring Anyang citizens playing American rock band Guns N' Roses' Paradise City. This is video artist Park Bo-na's Paradise City, which aims to connect the past and present of Anyang with its future as a part of the city's efforts to encourage public...

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South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa combines Buddhism and pop culture at Kiasma Related Press South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa combines Buddhism and pop culture at Kiasma 29 August 2016, Finland Today

True to the old-school Pop tradition of blending sincerity with irony, Choi Jeong-Hwa is an ambiguous artistic character. Attending the opening of his first exhibition in Finland this week, the South Korean artist cut a quietly charismatic and curiously graceful figure as he accompanied press around the opening of his exhibition, Happy Together....

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8 highlights from the 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Related Press 8 highlights from the 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 25 November 2015, Art Radar

On display from 21 November 2015 to 10 April 2016 at Brisbane’s Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), this year’s Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art has a special focus on the role of performance with live performances, video, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture. Many of the artworks explore...

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