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b. 1957, South Korea

Kibong Rhee Biography

Kibong Rhee (b. 1957) achieves a perfect sense of the ephemeral in his hazy, dreamlike landscape paintings, in which he layers painted plexiglass and sheer fabric above canvas in order to create a convincing optical depth that draws the viewer in.The scenes in these works appear to be in the process of either disappearing and taking form, capturing a between a moment in time and space.

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The diaphanous quality of these images is informed by the foggy and humid landscape surrounding Rhee's studio in Korea. Water plays a crucial role in these paintings, as Rhee believes that water, in its variety of forms, embodies the fleetingness of life.

Kibong Rhee has had solo exhibitions at Tina Kim Gallery, New York; and Kukje Gallery, Seoul. His works have been included in the Gwangju Biennale, Korea; Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Korea; the Mediations Biennale, Poland; the Busan Biennale, Korea; and the Moscow Biennale. Works by Rhee have been included in exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; the Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul; the Daegu Museum of Art, Korea; the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan; the Seoul Museum of Art; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His works can be found in the private collections of the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and the Seoul Museum of Art.

In Korea, Rhee's works belong in the public collections of Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, and Artsonje Museum.

In the upcoming fall, Rhee will be exhibiting as part of the LACMA show Ink Dreams: Selections from the Foundation INK Collection.

Text courtesy Tina Kim Gallery.

Kibong Rhee Featured Artworks

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Eye and blackhole by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork mixed media
Kibong RheeEye and blackhole, 2014Plexiglas, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
76 x 161 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Standpoint on Sequentiality by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork painting
Kibong RheeStandpoint on Sequentiality, 2021Acrylic and polyester fiber on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
The Suite of Being by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork painting
Kibong RheeThe Suite of Being, 2021Acrylic and polyester fiber on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
The symptom of depthless space by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Kibong RheeThe symptom of depthless space, 2014Plexiglas, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
147 x 142 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Place without wind by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork painting
Kibong RheePlace without wind, 2018Plexiglas, acrylic and mixed media on canvas
100 x 93 x 5 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
Bottom of Silence by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork painting
Kibong RheeBottom of Silence, 2020Acrylic and polyester fiber on canvas
145.5 x 140.5 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
The Wet Psyche by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork painting
Kibong RheeThe Wet Psyche, 2020Acrylic and polyester fiber on canvas
92 x 92 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Conditions of meaning by Kibong Rhee contemporary artwork mixed media
Kibong RheeConditions of meaning, 2014Plexiglass, acrylic and mixed media on canvas
147 x 142 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery

Kibong Rhee Represented By

Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul

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