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Famous Artists from South Korea

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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.



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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

    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' when it ...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 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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    Bae Yong-Kyun is a South Korean film director, painter, and professor. He is best known for his Seon-influenced 1989 film Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun. He also wrote and directed one other film, Geomeuna dange huina baekseong. Bae is a painter by training. He holds a doctorate and serves as an art ...more

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    • Birthplace: South Korea, East Asia, Asia, Korea
    • Nationality: South Korea
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    • Artworks: Flower Market, Nice, Windmill of Santorini, Tuscany Villa, View of Portofino, + more
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Atta Kim
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    Atta Kim is a South Korean photographer who has been active since the mid-1980s. He has exhibited his work internationally and was the first photographer chosen to represent South Korea in the São Paulo Biennial. His early works were black and white portraits of subjects including psychiatric patients, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Geojedo
    • Nationality: South Korea
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    Il Lee

    Il Lee is a Korean American contemporary artist. He was born in South Korea and has been living in America since the mid-1970s. Il Lee is best known for his ballpoint pen artwork; large-scale abstract imagery on paper and canvas. He also creates artwork in a similar vein utilizing acrylic and oil paint ...more

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    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Nationality: South Korea
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    Koo Jeong-a

    Koo Jeong-A (born 1967) is a Korean installation artist.more

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    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Nationality: South Korea
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    U-ram Choe

    U-Ram Choe is an artist based in Seoul, South Korea.more

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    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Nationality: South Korea
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    Lee Dong-youb

    Lee Dong Youb is a contemporary art painter in South Korea. As one of artists leading Korean Abstract Painting, he has developed his own philosophy about what contemporary art can propose after Post-modernism. The main subjects of his work are mutual relationship, cycling resonance and dynamic condition ...more

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    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Yi Chong

    Yi Chong was a Korean painter, one of the most popular of his time. He was the great-great-grandson of Sejong the Great of Joseon.more

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    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Art Forms: Painting
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