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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.
Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Doona Bae (Korean: 배두나; Korean pronunciation: [pɛduna]; born October 11, 1979) is a South Korean actress and photographer. She became known outside Korea for her roles as a political activist in ...more
Lee Bul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
Lee Bul Cyborg Red, Majestic Splendor, Hydra II (Monument)

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Lee Bul (Korean: 이불, born in Yeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea in 1964) is a contemporary sculpture and installation artist who appeared on the art scene in the late 1980s. Her work ...more
Park Su-geun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
Park Su-geun Two Men Sitting, Spring Is Gone, Grinding Woman

Birthplace: Yanggu County, Gangwon

Nationality: South Korea

Art Forms: Painting

Park Su-geun (February 21, 1914 – May 6, 1965) was a Korean painter. Hailing from Yanggu County, Gangwon Province, South Korea Park attended Yanggu Public Elementary School when he was younger, ...more
Ryu Shi-won is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea

Birthplace: Andong, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Ryu Si-won (Korean: 류시원; Hanja: 柳時元; born 6 October 1972) is a South Korean actor and singer. After he made his debut in the KBS drama Feeling in 1994, Ryu pursued a singing career.
Bae Yong-kyun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea

Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Bae Yong-Kyun (born 1951 in Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea) is a South Korean film director, painter, and professor. He is best known for his Seon(Zen)-influenced 1989 film Dharmaga ...more
Sam Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
Flower Market, Nice, Windmill of Santorini

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Art Forms: Painting

Atta Kim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea

Birthplace: Geojedo, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Atta Kim (born 1956) 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 ...more
Il Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
Il Lee

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Il Lee (Korean: 이일) is a Korean-born 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 ...more
Koo Jeong-a is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
Koo Jeong-a

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Koo Jeong-A (born 1967) is a Korean installation artist.
U-ram Choe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
U-ram Choe

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

U-Ram Choe (born 1970) is an artist based in Seoul, South Korea.
Lee Dong-youb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
Lee Dong-youb

Nationality: South Korea

Art Forms: Painting

Lee Dong Youb (also transcribed as Dong Yeop or Dong Yup) is a contemporary art painter in South Korea. As one of artists leading Korean Abstract Painting, he has developed his own philosophy ...more
Yi Chong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from South Korea
Yi Chong

Nationality: South Korea

Art Forms: Painting

Yi Jeong (이정; 1541–1622?) was a Korean painter, one of the most popular of his time. He was the great-great-grandson of Sejong the Great of Joseon.