Seoul Kim ( Sohee Kim)

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1983  Born in Daegu, korea

2013  Ph.D in Art, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan

2010  M.F.A in Print making, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan

2007  B.F.A in Print making, Art Collage of Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea



2018  CWAJ Prize at the 62th CWAJ print show, Tokyo, Japan

2017  Grand Prize at Art 236, Jeju, Korea

          Duguay Prize at the the 10th Biennale Internationale d’estampe contemporaine de trois- rivières, Quebec, Canada

2015  Honorary mention of the International Print Triennial Krakow 2015

2014  Residancy Program at Guanlan international printmaking base in Shenzhen, China


2012  Purchase Prize of The 3rd Bangkok Triennale International Print And Drawing Exhibition,Bangkok, Tailand

2012  Grand Prize of The 89th SYUNYO-KAI ART Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

2012  Honorable Mention of Yozo Hamaguchi 100th Anniversary International Print 

Competition Tokyo, Japan

2008  Third Prize of The 7th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Print, Kochi,  Japan

2007  Excellence Prize of The 27th Korea Contemporary Print Award, Seoul, Korea


Solo Exhibitions

2018  Dong-sung Salon, Daegu, Korea

2017   Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2017 Museum SAN, Won-Ju, Korea

2016  Graficki Kolektiv Gallery, Belgrade, Serbi       

2016  City Gallery, Uzice, Serbia

2015  Davidson Gallery, Seattle, America

2014  Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013  NODA Contemporary, Nagoya, Japan

2013  Hugo’s Workshop & Alchemy, Tokyo, Japan

2010  Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2011  Gallery kei, Tokyo, Japan

2011  Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2009  Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2008  Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Group Exhibitions

2014  The Turbine Art Fair in Newtown, Turbine hall, Johannesburg, South africa

2013  Art Edition, SETEC, Seoul, Korea

2012 Young Art Taipei, Sheraton Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

2011 Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo International Forum C-Hall, Tokyo, Japan




Member of Korean Contemporary Printers association 



Kochi Art Museum, Kochi, Japan

National Art bank, Korea

Tokyo opera city, Tokyo, Japan

Sakima Museum, Okinawa, Japan

Seattle city hall, Seattle, Washington

Museum SAN, Won-ju, Korea

Daegu art & culture center, Korea




Artist Note


When I ride a train packed with people, I feel we are being treated as objects. Propelled by invisible forces, we are sucked involuntarily into containers such as buses, trains and elevator, and swept off to the same places every day. People are transformed into passive automatons by the repetition of daily routines and the supremely efficient functioning of the megalopolis. Without realizing it, we lose our keen and vivid senses and grow accustomed to the role of inanimate objects.

  What I am attempting to do is not to denounce the conflicts and alienation that inevitably arise from this lifestyle of ours, but rather to depict them with a humorous sensibility. The scenes I portray are not the ones I see day to day, but rather dramatized images based on the ironies I perceive. Subjects that are familiar form everyday life are thrown into a confused state or aspect by their size or positioning. The images are imbued with humor that springs from a playful imagination. Play is one strategy for coping with the pitiless reality around us.

  All play begins with imagination. This is because it is through imagination that we can create playful spaces in the midst of humdrum reality.  Imaginative spaces are based on reality, and reality serves as an apparatus that establishes these imaginative spaces. This is like experiencing a different dimension that occupies the same place simultaneously. Because humorous images born of a playful imagination connect with our everyday lives in a manner different from that of reality, they may appear to be meaningless or illogical, but in fact they represent one facet of life. Perhaps they could even be said to reflect the facts of life. 

  For Example, we can view people losing their freedom and individuality, and being gradually reduced to shadows of themselves, not as a serious process but as a humorous one. The figure of the human lost and buried beneath a tidal wave of things is in fact the embodiment of our own slow death at the hands of day-to-day life.

  Laughing at something is a phenomenon that results from objective observation and criticism of that thing. With a healthy dose of humor, I hope to face the cruelties and absurdities of contemporary society head on, and send a message of encouragement and laughter to all the people surviving in the world today.

                                                     Seoul Kim (Sohee Kim)