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List of the most popular artists from South Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous South Korean artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable South Korean artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list has a variety of artists, like Bae Doona and U-Ram Choe, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from South Korea?" and "Who are the most well-known South Korean artists?"

For further information on these historic South Korean artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated South Korean artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
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Bae Doona is a South Korean actress and photographer. Bae first became known outside Korea for her roles as the protagonist's political activist girlfriend Cha Young-mi in Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, as archer Park Nam-joo in Bong Joon-ho's The Host, and as an inflatable sex ...more

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Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

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Lee Bul


Lee Bul is a contemporary sculpture and installation artist who appeared on the art scene in the late 1980s. In 1999, she achieved international recognition when she represented Korea in the Venice Biennale. Her work questions patriarchal authority and the marginalization of women by revealing ...more

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Artworks: Cyborg Red, Majestic Splendor, Hydra II (Monument), Heaven and Earth, Cyborg Blue, + more

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

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Park Su-geun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
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Park Su-geun


Park Su-geun was a Korean painter. Hailing from Yanggu County, Gangwon Province, South Korea Park attended Yanggu Public Elementary School when he was younger, and then taught himself painting as was a teenager. In 1932, he made his debut in painting circles with his work titled 'Spring Is Gone' ...more

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Artworks: Two Men Sitting, Spring Is Gone, Grinding Woman, Working Woman, Spring, + more

Birthplace: Yanggu County, Gangwon

Nationality: South Korea

Art Forms: Painting

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Ryu Shi-won is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
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Ryu Si-won is a South Korean actor and singer. After he made his debut in the KBS drama Feeling in 1994, Ryu pursued a singing career. ...more

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Birthplace: Andong, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

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