Mystory, 2013

HWANG Young-Yop (b. 1931, Pyeongyang)

Lives and works in the Republic of Korea


HWANG Yong-Yop






80.3 x 65.1 cm / 31.6 x 5.8 in






10,000 – 49,999 USD

Hwang Yong-yop studied at Pyeongyang Fine Art College in North Korea between 1954 and 1957 and received BFA from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. He is the first awardee of Lee Jung Seop Art Prize from The Chousun Ilbo in 1989 ; The 3rd Order of Cultural Merits by R.O.K Government in 2005; and Grand Prize of 13!07 Manif Seoul International Art Fair in 2007. His works have been included in notable museum collections including The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Seoul Museum Of Art, Seoul; Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea; HO-AM Art Museum; Korea Arts&Culture Education Service; and Tazawa Museum of Art, Akita, Japan. His works have been featured throughout many local and international shows including at Art Museum of Central Information Centre Gallery Seoul, Korea; Seoul Press Centre Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Korean Culture and Art Foundation Centre, Seoul, Korea; Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul Korea; Lloyd Shin Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A; Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea; L.A. Convention Center: L.A. Art Fair, L.A., U.S.A; Sung Gok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea; Chosunilbo Museum, Seoul, Korea.
“In fact, we cannot seriously talk about influences in the case of Hwang Yong Yop. It would be better to talk about family resemblences, sharing of features and moods. If so, Hwang Yong Yop’s art goes beyond his Korean cultural roots. Of course, his art bears witness to Korean culture and identity, but at the same time, his work is universal because it reveals humanity in all its starkness. Karl Marx, in a rare religious moment wrote that the proletariat reduced to extreme poverty is because of that, a symbol of universal humanity. Man with no possessions, with nothing, naked and poor is humanity itself. Hwang Yong Yop offers us a similar vision: the mistreated man, the prisoner deprived of everything is transformed into the ultimate human, with all the human baggage we carry-sadness, depression, mourning, affliction, even joy, love and sharing. In this sense, Hwang Yong Yop is part of a group of artists who have successfully understood what humanity is, regardless of the continent and culture they belong to.”

Excepted from the Review of Yves Michaud (November 2017)