Minho LEE
(b. Korea)

Lee Minho is known as a photographer in Korea but she worked as a painter when studying in Paris. Unlike her photographs, Lee’s paintings aroused a rather gloomy, heavy atmosphere, applied with achromatic colors. Lee made a turnaround from painting to photography in the late 1990s, while changing her work’s atmosphere considerably. In her painting work she was consistently absorbed in rather blunt questions concerning ideal existence. After naturally changing her primary medium to photography however, her work’s composition appears multilayered and her palette becomes diversified. As she did not take any formal photography education, her option of angles and locations is not confined by any regulation. While capturing her surroundings, escaping from any ideal consideration of painting, Lee has naturally put focus on figures and landscapes. Interesting is her intentional cutting of the upper parts of faces in her paintings and photographs. This is to get rid of a figure’s individuality and instead emphasize anonymity, but in her photography this composition allows viewers to grasp photographic subjects by their bodies or clothing...

— By Jung Hyun, Art Critic

 

Minho Lee was born in Korea. She graduated from Sung-Shin University in Seoul with a degree in German Literature, and received her Diploma of Visual Art (DEA) from University Paris 1 (Pantheon Sorbonne). Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions since 1995 around Korea, Japan, France, and the Netherlands. Her work has been a part of group exhibitions since 1993 in international galleries and museums such as the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (Ansan, Korea), Jeju Museum of Art (Jeju Island, Korea), France National Museum of Card (Issy-les-Moulineaux, France), Seoul Museum of Art, Paris & City Hill of Meuse (Bar-le-Duc, France), and at the Saint-Cyprien Contemporary Art Center (Saint-Cyprien, France), to name a few.

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