Protagonist_ Smile 1, 2018

Jeongsu WOO (b. 1986 in Seoul)
Lives and Works in Seoul


Jeongsu WOO


Mixed Media, Painting


162.2 x 130.3 cm / 63.9 x 51.3in.




Republic of Korea



Jeongsu WOO (b. 1986, Korea) creates works that shed light on various subcultures and contradictions in society that deviate from mainstream culture. His works possess an underlying layer of anxiety through scenes of unrest, violence or irrationality.
In his most recent works, Woo creates black-and-white images depicting landscapes such as a raging ocean, billowing fields, or a rugged mountain range. Their stories leave an open ending for the figures captured in the setting. For example, ships are not yet destroyed by the towering waves that surround them, and yet they have not yet reached their destination. In this way, Woo’s cartoon-like works become more non-fiction than fiction, blending both humorous and disturbing sensibilities. The selected locations symbolize the artist fighting with something supposedly noble, or larger than life, revealing a deep truth about the chaos of modern society and the construed values that it promotes.
2010: B.F.A. Painting and Printmaking, EwhaWomans University, Seoul
2015: Dipl. Drawing and Painting, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart, Germany
2016: Practice-based Research Program, Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Solo Exhibitions:
2018: Calm the Storm, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2018: Patterns, Onground2, Seoul
2017: Flâneur Note, Gallery Lux, Seoul
2016: Grave of Books, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul
2015: The Paintings of Villain, Project Space SARUBIA, Seoul
Group Exhibitions:
2018: Motif, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul
2018: Mimesis AP: Reality Show, Mimesis Art Museum, Paju, Korea
2018: 12thGwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea
2018: Fragile, Chapter II, Seoul
2018: SFAC Promising Artists Showcase Exhibition, Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul
2017: PingPong, Gallery175, Seoul
2017: Doosan Art Lab 2017, DoosanArt Center, Seoul
2017: The Way to Survive, Art Polygon, Gwangju, Korea
2017: about Angel of History, Amado Art Space/Lab, Seoul
2017: Not Drawing, Yoo Art Space, Seoul
2017: A Story Without a Story, Gallery Lux, Seoul
2016: Narration, Spacebm, Seoul
2015: Vistor Q, Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul
2013: Storytelling_Five Stories, Art Center White Block, Paju, Korea
2013: Near Future, Far Comfort, Art Center White Block, Paju, Korea
2010: New Vision 2010, Gallery SoSo, Paju, Korea
2010: Linguistic Morphology: Art in Context, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
2017: MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang, Korea
2017: Kumho Young Artist, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2016: OCI Young Creatives, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul
Flâneur Note (Seoul Museum of Art, 2017)
Grave of Books(OCI Museum of Art, 2017)
What Can I Do This Painting?(2014)
Phantoms By The Dead Man (2011)
Public Collections
Government Art Bank, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
OCI Museum of Art, Seoul