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NAM Jinu (남진우) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


Nam's work is about a being that has become a 'monster' in a world where justice does not apply. He creates his own kingdom full of Giant squid and expresses it in bright colors. He also borrows the style and structure of the medieval illustrations from the bible that have clear structures of good and evil. Heroes in his works have the characteristics of both angels and demons, revealing an unclear boundary between goodness and evil. His work is about hopes to save himself in an absurd world.


The Saga of the Two Monsters 2019 Oil, cotton collage on Cotton "420cm X 906cm dimensions variable"


Another Monster 2017 Oil, cotton collage on Cotton 262cm X 302cm


Victory for Justice​ 2017 Oil, cotton collage on Cotton 262cm X 302cm


Patron Saint of Justice and Giant Squid 2018 Oil, cotton collage on Cotton 236cm x 183cm


Another Monster 2018 Oil, cotton collage on Cotton 150cm x 130cm


Birth of a Monster 2018 Oil, cotton collage on Cotton 157cm x 275cm

Flame of Justice 2019 Oil and collage on Wood 50cm x 50cm


Glory, Justice, Delight 2019 Oil and collage on Wood 50cm x 50cm


Bless our Source and Creator 2019 Oil and collage on Wood 50cm x 50cm


The Devastated Hero 2019 Oil on Cotton 40cm x 40cm


The Two Monsters 2018 Pencil, pastel on paper 65cm x 50cm


O Salutaris Hostia 2016 Pencil, pastel on paper 65cm x 50cm


Requiem for Salvation and Sacrifice 2015 Oil on Canvas 85cmX138cm



Requiem for Salvation and Sacrifice 2015 Oil on Canvas 76cm X 130cm


Remains of the Kingdom 2015 Oil, cotton, cotton wool, thread dimensions variable


Artist Biography


Born 1985 in Boston, United-States

Currently lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Another Monster, Gallery Doll, Seoul, Korea

2014 Unrealistic Kingdom, Artspace Nam.K, Seoul, Korea  

2014 Clown Squid, Gallery Fango, Cottbus, Germany  

2013 Unrealistic Kingdom, Seogu Cultural Institute, Daejun, Korea  

2012 Unrealistic Kingdom, Hwabong Gallery, Seoul, Korea  

2011 1st Solo Exhibition, Gallery Golmok, Seoul, Korea


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 So Serious?, Binzip Project, Seoul, Korea

2019 Scenographic Imagination, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

2019 POP/com, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

2016 So S[iries], Gallery Choi, Seoul, Korea

2015 WE SHAPE CLAY INTO A POT, Frappant E.V., Hamburg, Germany

2015 Cross-reacting Confession, Iksan Creation Center, Iksan, Korea

2015 Historic Images Formed from Indivisual Memories, Zaha Museum, Seoul, Korea

2012 The Memory Politic, Zaha Museum, Seoul, Korea  

2011 Neue Empiriker (New Empiricists), Zaha Museum, Seoul, Korea


Awards and Residencies

2016 LEE galerie BS, Berlin, Germany

2015 Iksan Creation Center, Iksan, Korea

2014 Halle 14(Spinnerei), Leipzig, Germany


Public Collections

Colección Solo, Madrid, Spain


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