Dongi LEE
(b. 1967, Korea)
Lives and works in Seoul
Dongi LEE is an internationally acclaimed artist whose recent works approach art through words rather than images. He collects and arranges words on canvas that can be regularly found in the everyday of our 21st century lives.

Although Dongi Lee is recognized for his original cartoon character, Atomaus, his recent works have shifted into a more conceptual framework. Lee lays out words in various sizes and fonts on canvas, many of which are written in his own hand, with others coming from acquaintances or computers. The words seemingly hold no relation to one another, creating chaos from the randomness of their placement and definitions. Through this concept, we can see the unconscious of the painter coming through his art. In this sense, the words do in fact become related, making Lee’s work a unique approach to conceptual art with an emphasis on language.
Solo Exhibitions (Selected)
2018: Hashtag, Handok Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy, Eumsung, Korea
2017: Dongi Lee Unplugged, Gallery 2 Jungsun Nongwon, Jeju, Korea
2016: Abyss, Gallery 2, Seoul, Korea
2014: Zero Gravity, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2013: Don’t Look Back in Anger, Songwon Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2012: Bittersweet, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong
2009: Double Vision, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany
2008: Bubbles, Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2008: Dongi Lee, Keumsan Gallery Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2007: Atomaus, Gallery Mook of Contemporary Art, Beijing
Group Exhibitions (Selected)
2018: Sky Earth People - SEMA New Collection, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2017: On View, Baahng Gallery, New York, USA
2017: Crack in the Concrete, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
2016: X: Korean Art in the Nineties, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016: Very Addictive - Re extension of Aesthetics in Daily Life, MOCA Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China
2016: Group Show, Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, France
2015: Fermented Soul, Waterfall Mansion, New York, USA
2014: Korea Tomorrow, DDP - Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, Korea
2014: Graphic Novel, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012: Future Pass, National Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan
2011: Korean Rhapsody, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2011: New Artists, Gallery Sho Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan
2011: Future Pass: from Asia to the World - Collateral Event of the 54th Venice Biennale, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice, Italy
2009: Pieces of My Puzzle, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
2008: Beyond Cartoon: Asian Contemporary Art Group Show, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
2008: Love Love, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul, Korea

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