Donghyun SON is a visual artist whose works combine traditional painting techniques from Northeast Asia with popular culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is a strong representation for young artists who dwell on the relationship between tradition and modernity in the technological age.
Although Son’s works recreate traditional painting methods, they also ask fundamental questions related to contemporary media and drawing. His works depict portraits of celebrities and fictional characters, attempting not only to capture their physical likeness, but also their essence and separated worlds. The artist’s narrative goes further to comment on how popular culture, particularly from the West, has been imported and received in his native Korea since the late 20th century. We commonly perceive that a painting should reflect the customs of the time in which the artist is living in, whether this be conscious or unconscious, and Son’s works are a prime challenge to this notion.
Donghyun Son was born in 1980 in Korea. He graduated from Seoul National University in 2005 with a BFA in Oriental Painting. In 2013, he returned to his alma mater to receive his MFA in the same field. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around Korea since 2005 in renowned galleries such as GALLERY2, Space Willing n Dealing and Project space SARUBIA. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Korea, Germany, China, Italy, Japan and the USA.