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b. 1957, South Korea

Cho Duck Hyun Biography

Cho Duck-Hyun has been described as a historical artist who uses photo-realistic drawing and installation, meditating on the nature of history as well as, according to Young Na Kim, to ‘reflect on the grief and joy found in the traces of these various lives’. His Memory of the 20th Century series, Genealogy series, and his excavation works demonstrate his engagement with history and archaeology. Cho collects vintage photographs which he reproduces on canvas. Rendered in rich conte crayon and charcoal, his portraits often use real fabric, allowing clothing to flow into the space of the viewer.

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Cho Duck-Hyun inhabits a world in which traditional values are being rapidly supplanted by western, industrial values and this is reflected in his artmaking. He is part of a generation of younger Koreans who have inherited a painful legacy of political struggle and division while experiencing rapid and tumultuous change throughout their society. His artworks have been widely exhibited throughout Asia as well as Europe and the USA. By delving further into the more basic elements of human condition, his works have gained more abstract characteristics even as they contain strongly figurative elements. Duck-Hyun Cho provides an important direction to the way images and memory of the past are represented in contemporary art with his own ironic imagery. 

Cho Duck Hyun Featured Artworks

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Metaphor 7 by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork print
Cho Duck HyunMetaphor 7, 2018Pigment print
28 x 38 cm
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Metaphor 6 by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork print
Cho Duck HyunMetaphor 6, 2018Pigment print
28 x 38 cm
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Metaphor 5 by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork print
Cho Duck HyunMetaphor 5, 2018Pigment print
28 x 38 cm
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Metaphor 4 by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork print
Cho Duck HyunMetaphor 4, 2017Pigment print
28 x 38 cm
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Midnight Shanghai 2 by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork works on paper
Cho Duck HyunMidnight Shanghai 2, 2017Mixed media on oriental paper
100 x 100 cm
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Midnight Shanghai 1 by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork works on paper
Cho Duck HyunMidnight Shanghai 1, 2017Mixed media on oriental paper
100 x 100 cm
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Shanghai Triptych by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork works on paper
Cho Duck HyunShanghai Triptych, 2017Graphite on oriental paper
194 x 393 cm
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1935 by Cho Duck Hyun contemporary artwork works on paper
Cho Duck Hyun1935, 2017Graphite on oriental paper
391 x 582 cm
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