Taejin SEONG
(b. 1974, Korea)
Taejin SEONG is a trained printmaker and artist who adapts the tradition of woodblock printing to the concerns and desires of the 21st century. The whimsical worlds Seong evokes recall his childhood, but are counteracted with a sophisticated and time-consuming artistic process.

Rather than carving his woodblock prints to create multiples, Seong embosses and etches the surface and then paints his images with layers of acrylic. Each panel appears as part of a comic book with a palette of pastel and primary hues. The colors not only pay homage to comics, but to saekdong, traditional costumes worn by Korean children. In most of Seong’s work, the robot Taekwon-V is featured, a symbol of popular Korean culture in the 1970s. Taekwon-V appears not only as a protagonist, but as the artist’s alter-ego. The robot is a retired figure in Seong’s eyes and the artist humorously depicts these stories with underlying narratives of joblessness, alcoholism, and urban development alongside the fantastical daydreams of children.

Taejin Seong was born in Korea in 1974. In 2004, he received his BFA in Printmaking from the Chugye University of Art. In 2007, he received his MFA in Printmaking from Hongik University. He has held solo exhibitions around Korea and Singapore since 2007 with his most recents at the National Assembly Gallery in Seoul and the Joeun Gallery in Seoul in 2018. He has also participated in group exhibitions around Asia including exhibitions held at DDP (Seoul), MOCA (Yinchuan, China), Jeju Museum of Art (Jeju Island, Korea), and the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul).

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