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CHOE Jeong hyeok (최정혁) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


Jeong-hyeok Choe’s works are filled with nature. Like an open window, they show nature and draw in the viewer. The objects near the frame and the deep, open space behind them reveal the infinite void inside the frame.

Natural objects inside the frame—deliciously ripe apples, bright green leaves emphasizing the redness of the apples, apple flowers in full blossom between the leaves, soft white snow on the red apples, a winter branch yet to sprout its leaves, sunlight shining through the greenery, ancient pine trees reaching out endlessly towards the sky—carve a distinct impression of themselves, while revealing the infinity of the space they belong to. One can sense a tingle behind every single object tenaciously painted by the artist, perhaps because they are placed in a space stretching far beyond the void.

The artist opens up this spacetime of nature to the viewer, a space where the apple is so vivid one can almost touch it, where one can feel the wetness of the snow, and where branches with numerous green leaves approach us sparkling. Thus Choe’s in-frame nature is artistically “factitious nature.” His delicate touches in depicting natural objects urge the viewer to think and experience, thereby expanding the spacetime of “factitious nature.”



Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 53x72.7cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 40.9x53cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 50.3x40.9cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 40.9x53cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 80x130cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 60.6x90.9cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 72.7x53cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 45x53cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 53x72.7cm


Natural-Topia 2019 oil on canvas 80x130cm


Natural-Topia 2018 oil on canvas 97x193.9cm


Natural-Topia 2018 oil on canvas 97x193.9cm


Natural-Topia 2017 oil on canvas 65x130cm


Natural-Topia 2017 oil on canvas 65x130cm


Natural-Topia 2016 oil on canvas 97x193.9cm


Natural-Topia 2016 oil on canvas 97x162.2cm


Natural-Topia 2016 oil on canvas 97x162.2cm


Natural-Topia 2016 oil on canvas 53x72.7cm


Natural-Topia 2016 oil on canvas 97x162.2cm


Natural-Topia 2016 oil on canvas 97x193.9cm


Natural-Topia 2016 oil on canvas 112.1x193.9cm


Artist Biography


Born 1975 in Gimcheon, Republic of Korea

Currently lives in Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Natural-Topia, tongin gallery

2016 Natural-Topia (Strolling in the Space of Imaginary Play), Gimcheon Art Center, Gimcheon

2015 Natural-Topia, gallery 41, Seoul

2013 Natural-Topia, tongin gallery, Seoul

2012 Natural-Topia, konjiam resort, art gallery darr, Seoul

2010 Natural-Topia, gallery bhak, Seoul

2012 Kcaf, Hangaram gallery, Seoul

2011 Kcaf, Hangaram gallery, Seoul

2010 Kcaf, Hangaram gallery, Seoul

2008 MANIF13, Hangaram gallery, Seoul

2008 Golden eyes art fair, COEX, Seoul

2008 korea concrete Grand Art Exhibition, Hangaram gallery, Seoul

2007 MANIF13, Hangaram gallery, Seoul

2007 Artstar100, indian Hall, COEX, Seoul

2007 Art seoul, Hangaram gallery, Seoul

2006 Art seoul, Hangaram gallery, Seoul


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Korean Galleries Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2019 U.H.M 2 Exhibition, U.H.M Gallery, Seoul

2019 Contemporary Art Show Hongkong 2019, Hongkong

2019 Korean Galleries Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2018 Biki Gallery an opening 4 Exhibition, COEX, Seoul

2018 Jung Gu Chan 3 Exhibition, Jung Gu Chan Gallery, Yong-in

2018 Daegu Art Fair 2018, EXCO, Daegu

2018 Art: Gwangju, KimDaejung Convention Center, Gwangju

2018 Daejeon Art Fair, Daejeon Convention Center, Daejeon

2018 2 Exhibition, Hoon Gallery, Seoul

2018 U.H.M 2 Exhibition, U.H.M Gallery, Seoul

2017 Seoul Art Show 2017, COEX, Seoul

2017 Objet in Space, MAKE Gallery, Seoul

2017 ART The Gallery Show, Hoon Gallery, Seoul

2017 U.H.M 2 Exhibition, U.H.M Gallery, Seoul

2017 Korean Galleries Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2016 KIAF/art seoul 2016, COEX, Seoul

2016 Art busan 2016, BEXCO, Busan

2016 The 4 th Art Gyeongju 2016, Hwabaek International Convention Center, Gwangju

2016 Korean Galleries Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2015 Daegu art fair 2015, EXCO, Daegu

2015 KIAF/art seoul 2015, COEX, Seoul

2014 flavor, spileplatz hahn, Seoul

2014 Seoul Open Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2014 Lee Eun · Choe Jeong Hyeok, Lee&Park Gallery, Seoul

2014 Affordable art fair Hong Kong 2014, Hong kong

2014 Fiction .nonfiction, Jung Gu Chan Gallery, Yong-in

2013 Busan International Art Fair, BEXCO, Busan

2013 Affordable Art Fair, Pit Building Level 2-3, Singapore

2013 Asia Hotel Art Fair 2013, CONRAD HOTEL, Seoul

2013 Daegu Art Fair 2013, EXCO, Daegu

2013 aet:Gwangju:13, KDJ Convention Center, Gwangju

2012 Fragrance of Autumn, artgallery chungdahm, Seoul

2012 Click to brush!, DGB gallery, Deagu

2012 Real emotion, Lee&park gallery, Seoul

2012 TASTY LAND, Yangpyeong art Museum, Yangpyeong

2011 ART TAIPEI 2011, Taipei

2011 The seoul art Exhibition 2011, Seoul

2011 Korea Galleries art fair, Seoul

2011 Opening exhibition, Open Art Center, Seoul

2010 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010, Bangladesh

2010 Busan Biennale Now! Asian artists, Busan Culture Center, Busan

2010 ART TAIPEI 2010, Taipei

2010 KIAF/10, COEX, Seoul

2010 The More, the better

2010 A DELICIOUS PICTURE, Lotte Gallery Anyang, Anyang

2010 Korean Art Show, NewYork

2010 Sun Grllery 33rd anniversary ExHibition, Sun Gallery, Seoul

2009 KIAF 09, COEX, Seoul

2009 9-emotion, Dong Won Gallery, Daegu

2009 korean Hyperrealism scene, Seongnam art center, Seongnam

2009 Peace dream art festival, Cas, Fundacion Tres Culturas, Spain

2009 Seoul Open Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2009 Digital Realism New, Artgate gallery, Newyork

2009 Digital Realism New, Insa Art Center, Seoul

2008 Realism & Abstractivism, Cy Art Gallery, Seoul

2008 Figures of Young Generation, Gallery La, Seongnam

2008 Exhibition of Korean-American Realism, Artgate gallery, Newyork

2008 Opening exhibition, open Art Center, Seoul

2008 ‘cReality in Contemporary Art, Cy Art Gallery, Seoul

2007 Korean Reality & spirit, Cy Art Gallery, Seoul

2007 Fruits Exhibition. Insa Art Center, Seoul

2006 Contribution to Sangmyung university Museum Art Works Special Exhibition, Invitation 100painters for Beauty of Korea, NamSong gallery, Seoul

2006 Korea Art Criticism Selected Artists Exhibition, Dan-Won gallery, Ansan

2005 B101-1, Space Ham, Seoul

2005 Degree show, Sang-Myung University, Seoul

2004 Invitation 2painters For Coex mall plus Art festival, COEX, Seoul


Awards and Residencies

2006 Dan-Won grand art exhibition MANIF Prize, Dan-Won gallery, Ansan

2004 Special prize at UN World peace art exhibition, Dan-Won gallery, Ansan

2003 First prize at UN World peace art exhibition. SeJong gallery, Seoul

2003 Dan-Won grand art exhibition. Dan-Won gallery, Ansan

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