Sculpture, Installation

Choi Jeong Hwa /   Choi Jeong Hwa

Korea, Republic Of 1961


Choi Jeong Hwa
Choi Jeong Hwa
Korea, Republic Of
February 25, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Choi Jeong Hwa  is Korean artist who creates his art from the most humble of materials, finding inspiration in soda bottles, shopping bags, and colorful plastic dishes from the 99-cent store. Inspired by the harmony and chaos of the urban environment, the artist, architect, and designer undermines the hierarchy of the museum by installing his pieces on the outside of buildings.

Hwa was born in 1961, Seoul, Korea. In 1987 he received a B.F.A. at the College of Fine Arts in Hong-Ik University at his hometown of Seoul.

On initial viewing, the strong design elements and colours of Choi Jeong Hwa’s works seem like Pop Art. However, Choi Jeong Hwa’s works involve finding and exploring the intrinsic value hidden beneath the surface. The surface to the inner dialectic of his visual aesthetics challenges and questions us, the viewers, who have perhaps become too content with other forms of contemporary art.

He has created a 10-story installation made from 1,000 discarded doors, and decorated Seoul’s Olympic Stadium with garlands made from 2 million pieces of trash—transforming the building’s surface into a glittering jewel. In other pieces he explores ideas of artificiality and permanence through the use of plastic food and flowers. He declines to categorise his work, leaving the audience to define his pieces on a personal level. As his motto states: “My art is your heart.”

As one of the most dynamic and well-known of Korean contemporary artists, his work has been presented at numerous biennials including Liverpool (2004), Venice (2005), and Singapore (2006), as well as at Asia House, London (2006) and Wolverhampton (2007).

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Art14 Pearl Lam Galleries, London, UKGroup
2013Life, Life Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KoreaSolo
2013KABBALA Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, KoreaSolo
2013Playground 2013 Kota Kinabalu, MalaysiaGroup
2013321 Art Community Project Tainan, TaiwanGroup
2013Total Support,Total Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2013Thankyou! Taoyuan Landscape Art Festival, Taoyuan, TaiwanGroup
2013Breathing Flower Very Fun Park 2013, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2013Whatchamacallit Things Varying in Form from things to beings, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2013Present of The Sun Setouchi Triennale 2013, Shodojima, JapanGroup
2013Iro Iro Iro Kunisaki Art Project, Kunisaki, JapanGroup
2012Love. Sweet. Life K11, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
2012Peace of Everyone the MOTHER of DESIGN, K11, Marunouchi HOUSE, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2012World Biennal Forum Venue Design Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2012Welcome, Sucheon, KoreaGroup
2012Tina B Project San Salvatore, PragueGroup
2012Phantoms of Asia Civic Centre Plaza, San Francisco, California, USAGroup
2012Wish Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre, KrasnoyarskGroup
2012Festival of the World Hayward Gallery, London, UKGroup
2012Arsenale 2012 Kyiv Biennale, Kyiv, UkraineGroup
2012Perth International Art Festival, Perth,Group
2012Jean Prouve X Choi Jeong Hwa Vitra Seoul, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2011Redcat Gala Show Redcat Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2011Live Live Kota Kinabalu, MalaysiaGroup
2011Welcome Ecoland, KoreaGroup
2011Revive Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2011My Own Private Neon Oasis, Brisbane, AustraliaGroup
2011Whatchamacallit Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2011Lingua Franca St Moritz, SwitzerlandGroup
2011Cosmos Oulim Art Gallery, Gyeonggi-do, KoreaGroup
2011Happy Together Pohang Museum, Pohang, KoreaGroup
2010In the Mood for Love, Aando Fine Art, Berlin, GermanySolo
201017th Biennale of Sydney Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2010By Day By Night, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2010SHContemporary 10, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2010Art HK 10, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2010Plastic GardenMinsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2010Roppongi Art Night Mori Museum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2010Kirishima Open Air 10th ‘Workshop’Japan, JapanGroup
2009Shine a Light Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UKSolo
2009O.K! Towada Art Centre, JapanSolo
2009Your Bright Future The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, USAGroup
2009Your Bright Future LACMA, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2008Plastic Paradise Point Ephemere, Paris, FranceSolo
2008Opening Exhibition Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2008D’art Contemporain au Chateau D’oiron, FranceGroup
2008Spring Art Show Space-c, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008New Project Pekin Fine Art, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008Gala Party Red Cat Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2007Welcome Wolverhampton, UKSolo
2007Truth, Disney Hall Red Cat Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2007Peppermint Candy Santiago, ChileGroup
2007Trace Root Arco, Madrid, SpainGroup
2007Elastic Taboo Wein, AustriaGroup
2006Believe it or not Ilmin Museum, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2006Gwangju Biennale – The First Chapter Trace Root, Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2006Special Project, Vivocity Singapore Biennale, SingaporeGroup
2006Art & Industry SCAPE Biennial, Christ Church, New ZealandGroup
2006Open-Air Exhibition Middleheim Museum, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2006Through the Looking Glass Asian House, London, UKGroup
2005Dressing Ourselves Milan Triennale, Milan, ItalyGroup
2005Design Edge Korean Pavilion, Suntec City, SingaporeGroup
2005Until Now,Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005Secret Beyond the Door Venice Biennial, Korean Pavilion, Venice, ItalyGroup
2005CP Biennale CP Center, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2005Roomscape Ssamziegil Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2004Kim Jonghak-Choi, Jeong-Hwa Garam Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2004Liverpool Biennial Lime Station, Liverpool, UKGroup
2004Happy Happy Project Kirkby Gallery, Liverpool, UKGroup
2004Public Communications with GASUM Melbourne Art FairGroup
2004This is not a love letter Korean Cultural Foundation Center, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2004The Tale of Seoul Korean Cultural Foundation Center, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2003Happiness, Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hill, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2003Lyon Biennale Lyon, FranceGroup
2003Flower Power Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, FranceGroup
2003Yang Gwang Chan Ran Biz Art Center, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2003Virgin Road Ssamzie space, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2003Time after Time Yerba Buena Center for the Art, San Francisco, USAGroup
2002Happy Together Kagoshima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima, JapanGroup
2002The 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius LithuaniaGroup
2002Orient. Extreme Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FranceGroup
2002Korean & Japanese Contemporary Prints Exhibition Gallery OM, Osaka JapanGroup
2002Gwangju Biennale World Cup Art Soccer Korea and Japan, Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2001Yokohama Triennale Yokohama Station, Yokohama, JapanGroup
2001Lunapark-Contemporary Art from Korea Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2000Bar Epicurus Mitsubishi-Jisho Atrium, Hukuoka, JapanGroup
2000Let’s Entertain Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USAGroup
2000AIR AIR Grimaldi Forum, MonacoGroup
1999Lord of the Rings Hasselt Museum, Hasselt, BelgiumGroup
1999Tachigawa Festival Tachigawa Station, Tokyo, JapanGroup
1999Hot Air Grandship Convention and Art Center, Shizuoka, JapanGroup
1999Slowness Speed National Gallery of Victory, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
1999Between the Unknown Straits The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation Art Center, Seoul, KoreaGroup
1998Sao Paulo Biennial Ciccilo Matarazzo Pavilion, Sao Paolo, BrazilGroup
1998Seamless De Appel Center, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
1998Taipei Biennial, Site of Desire Taipei Museum, TaiwanGroup