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Geuntaek YOO (유근택) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


I have been working with the hope that my paintings could gain more impacts to penetrate the human senses. My recent works, in this sense, are directly involved in the physical properties of paper, and by doing so, I have been focusing on the possibilities of whether the material itself could obtain its own language. I have been working on the question of how the sense that originates from me could relate to the intersection of world and history. I ask how the world in which we live and the structure of our life relate to and penetrate each other. As an extension of such question, I plan to work on the representation of the imagination and possibilities of formativeness as regard to the division: how the spatial and temporal meaning of division is related to the space of our life. My works such as Some Library series,  The Room  series and  the Indoor  series, which I recently exhibited at Gallery Hyundai and Sungkok Art Museum, reflect such intere

 Promenade,Gallery Hyundai Instalation view , 2017


Some Library,200x212cm,Black Ink, White Powder and Tempera on Korean Paper, 2016


Some Museum, 200x195cm, Black Ink, White Powder and Tempera on Korean Paper,2014


A Landscape,Flowing Down,100x270cm, Black Ink, White Powder and Tempera on Korean Paper,2014


wo Persons,118x146cm, Black Ink, White Powder and Tempera on Korean Paper,2014


Old Giant, Black Ink, White Powder and Tempera on Korean Paper, 152x138cm, 2012


Growing room, 195X195cm  Black-ink and powder of white on korea paper  2011


Growing room ,135X135cm  Black-ink and powder of white on korea paper  2008


Beginning of the world,2011, Black Ink, White Powder and Tempera on Korean Paper,210X240cm


ourney ,2010,Black Ink, White Powder and Tempera on Korean Paper,74 x 260cm


Self portrate,160x130cm black ink and  gouache on Koren paper1999


Self portrate,160x200cm black ink and  gouache on Koren paper2002


Artist Biography


Born 1965 in  Asan, South Chungcheong Province Republic of Korea
Currently lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Stroll: Visual Realities, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2016 Yoo Geun-Taek, 21yo-j gallery, Tokyo, Japan
         The Whole Gravity of Painting, Summoned, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
         Breath of Life, The Korea Society Gallery, New York, USA.
         Life on the Corner, Shinsegae Gallery, Busan, Korea
2015 Everlasting Tomorrow, Force Gallery, Beijing, China
         A Passage – The Scenery outside the Window, Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu, Korea
2014 Everlasting Tomorrow, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2013 風·景, Gallery Dugahun, Seoul, Korea
2012 The One Day, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2010 Yoo Geun-Taek, Gallery Bundo, Daegu, Korea
         Depiction of the Universe, Artside Gallery, Beijing, China
2009 Depiction of the Universe, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
        Yoo Geun-Taek, LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2008 Yoo Geun-Taek, 21+Yo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Skin of Life – Drawings on the Diagonal Lines that Sustain Me, Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2005 Yoo Geun-Taek, Millennium Gallery, Beijing, China
         Yoo Geun-Taek, 21+Yo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Between Scenes and Events, A Deviation Beyond the Routine, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2003 A Scene, Artforum Newgate, Seoul, Korea
         Velocity of Landscape, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2002 Figure – The Internal Reason: Drawing for Grandmother, Gallery Doll, Seoul, Korea
         Yoo Geun-Taek, Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         East Wind, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2001 Yoo Geun-Taek, 21+Yo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Yoo Geun-Taek, The 19th Suk Nam Arts Award Exhibition, Moran Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1999 Yoo Geun-Taek, Wonseo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1997 Yoo Geun-Taek: Recent Works, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
1996 The Power of Everyday Life, Reform an Experience, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1994 Yoo Geun-Taek, Kumho Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1991 Yoo Geun-Taek , Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 The Painting Show, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Goyang, Korea
         The Red Brick House, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016 Ways of Seeing Nature, Yoo Geun-Taek & Yi Jinwon, nook gallery, Seoul, Korea
         Being in Nature, Museum SAN, Wonju, Korea
         Eating Tools, Nam-Seoul Living Arts Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Between People and People, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2015 The Flame of Seoul, 63 Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Same Difference, Yoo Geun-Taek & Lee Kwang-Ho, Space BM, Seoul, Korea
         STOP, and SEE, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea(MMCA), Gwacheon, Korea
         Walking in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Beyond the Borders, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea
2014 Garden, MMCA, Seoul, Korea
         A Form of Thinking – Rediscovery of Drawing, Museum SAN, Wonju, Korea
         The Moment, We Awe: Korean Contemporary Art, Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
        The East Bridge: In the Absence of Avant-Garde Reading, 798 Art Factory, Beijing, China
2013 We, Now Here: Today’s Korean Painting_Self-reflection and Self-awareness, Gallery Santorini Seoul, Seoul, Korea
         Awful landscape, Force Gallery, Beijing, China
         Neo-Mōrōism, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Beijing, China
         Real Landscape, True Reflection, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         house & home: Finding Myself, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
         Korean Art: An Age of Grand Navigation, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
2012 Manner and Landscape – The Vitality of Art, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea
         KOREA TOMORROW 2012, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Flower in the Moment, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         Discovery of Landscape, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
         GROWTH, Force Gallery, Beijing, China
         Manner in Korean Paintings, HITE Collection, Seoul, Korea
2011 The Harmony – The More, The Better¸ Gallery Maum, New York, USA
         Nature, Life, Human, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
         Seoul, City Exploration, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         Self Camera: Repositioning Modern-Self, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, Korea
2010 21 & Their Times, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         Korean Avant-Garde Drawing: 1970-2000, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         Gangjin Celadon Art Project 2010_Meeting Celadon at Gangjin, Gangjin Celadon Museum, Gangjin, Korea
         Free Style: A Dialogue between Art and Design, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         30th Anniversary of the Young Korean Artists, MMCA, Gwacheon, Korea
2009 Flare: A Brand New Start in Art, MMCA, Seoul, Korea
         Korea on the Rocks, Art Seasons Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
         Cross Animate, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2008 Beyond Definition, Interalia Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         Form, Idea, Essence and Rhythm: Contemporary East Asian Ink Painting, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
         Art in Busan 2008: Welcome to Busan, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
         One Fine Spring Day, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
         Inter_viewing Paintings, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2007 Beyond Art Festival, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
         The Way of Seeing Art, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
         Asia Modern Art Project – City_net Asia 2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         The 3rd Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China
         Hommage 100: Korean Contemporary Art 1970-2007, Korea Art Center, Seoul, Korea
         Korean Paintings 1953-2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2006 Drawn to Drawing, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         Korea and China Ink Paintings Exchange Exhibition, Uijae Museum of Korean Art, Gwangju, Korea
2005 Feng shui, Sungshin University Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Echo of Daily Life, Park Soo Keun Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Landscape Full of Nature, Chungmu Arts Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         Ink Paintings of Korea and China, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         New Trends in Traditional Paintings, Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
2004 Modernism Art in Korea, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         Resonance: Aesthetics of Korea, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         Artists on Journey, Seoul National University Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Atelier Report, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2003 Real-scape Revisited, MMCA, Gwacheon, Korea
         Discovery of Seoul Life – See the Dead Zone of Life, Ssamzie Space, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
         People Who Walk on Water, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         The House, Ga Gallery, Seoul, Korea      
         Oriental Painting Paradiso, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Invigorating Name - Mother, Munhwa Ilbo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         Face, Expression, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
         Environmental Art – Water, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2002 The Dog, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
         Here, Is, Insa Art space, Seoul, Korea
         2001 The Scent and Shape of Ink: Contemporary Ink Painting of China, Japan and Korea, MMCA, Gwacheon, Korea
         People I’ve Met, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2001 Odyssey, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, Korea
2000 Young Korean Artists 2000 – Toward the New Millennium, MMCA, Gwacheon, Korea
1999 Beyond Landscape, Art Sonje Museum, Gyeongju, Korea
         The Status and Prospect of Korean Art, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
1998 Rediscovery of Drawing, Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea
1997 Status of Five Contemporary Korean Painters, Plus Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         The Leading Artists of 21st Century Korean Art, Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1996 The Development of Korean Modernism – Modern’s Conquest, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
         Ink Painting after the Ink Painting Movement, Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Korean Contemporary Art, Finding the Current State of Painting, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
         Today’s Korean Painting – Context and Development, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1995 Representative Works by Leading Artists of 2000s Korean Art, Munhwa Ilbo Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         The Way of Self-existence II, Kumho Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1994 Suggestion for Tomorrow – The New Generation’s Perspective, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
1993 Our Art, New Generation’s Method, Gallery Seoho, Seoul, Korea
1992 Today’s Life – Today’s Art, Kumho Gallery, Seoul, Korea
         ‘92 Seoul Contemporary Korean Painting Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
1990 Seeking Human, Samjeong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Awards and Residencies
2017 The 1st Gwangju Hwaru Artist Award, Gwangju Bank, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea
2009 The 9th Ha Chong-Hyun Art Prize, Ha Chong-Hyun Art Prize Committee, Seoul, Korea
2003 2003 Today's Young Artist Award, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Sejong, Korea
2000 The 19th Suk Nam Arts Award, Suk Nam Arts and Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea

Public Collections
Art Bank, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul, Korea
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Hana Bank, Seoul, Korea
Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
Jeon Deung Sa, Incheon, Korea
Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju, Korea
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Korea, Seoul, Korea
OCI Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Korea
Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Sungshin University Museum, Seoul, Korea
White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia
Xian D iplomat , Xian, China
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