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KwangHo Shin

Korea, Republic Of 1983


KwangHo Shin
KwangHo Shin
Korea, Republic Of
November 15, 2015

KwangHo Shin is an aspiring Korean artist, noted for his large-scale abstract portraits rendered in thick globs of dark and vivid paint. Born in 1983 in Seoul, the artist got his BFA in 2009 from the Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. His paintings are large in size and typically stand over 6 ft tall, and are created using primarily oil and acrylic paint.

KwangHo Shin’s Abstract Portraits

Left KwangHo Shin - Untitled # 14P24, 2014, Right KwangHo Shin - Untitled 14P28, 2014
Left: KwangHo Shin – Untitled # 14P24, 2014 / Right: KwangHo Shin – Untitled 14P28, 2014

At the same time beautiful and menacing, the visual style of Shin’s paintings allows viewers to project their own faces onto them, creating a special bond between the observer and the artwork. Sacrificing detail for substance, KwangHo Shin purposely disguises the facial features of the subject in order to transpose the intricacy and complexity of human emotions.

Shin’s Paintings

Left KwangHo Shin - Untitled 27, 2013, Right KwangHo Shin - 15P01, 2015
Left: KwangHo Shin – Untitled 27, 2013 / Right: KwangHo Shin – 15P01, 2015

The artist notes that he uses the individual subject to attain a sense of people more than the person, in such way that he removes personal, facial features and creates an anonymous identity of a portrayed subject. The form that often pops through dense globs and heavy streaks of paint are his subject’s captivating, expressive eyes. In a process of making, KwangHo Shin sketches by using charcoal or paint before applying the whole color on, or sometimes directly applies the heavy colors without any sketches.

KwangHo Shin’s Abstract Portraits

Left KwangHo Shin - Untitled #14P29, 2014, Right KwangHo Shin - Untitled #14P14, 2014
Left: KwangHo Shin – Untitled #14P29, 2014 / Right: KwangHo Shin – Untitled #14P14, 2014

Since his debut in 2009, KwangHo Shin’s work has been featured in many group and one-man exhibitions at various art venues, galleries and museums, including at the Goethe Institute, Korea Gallery, in Berlin; Daegu Art Square Studio; Gallery Jung, Seoul; ArtRaum Berlin Galerie, Berlin; Jungsoo Gallery, Seoul; Bien Gallery, Seoul, and UNIX Gallery in New York.

He is represented by UNIX Gallery, based in New York.

KwangHo Shin currently lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.

All images courtesy of UNIX Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Creation Under CollapseUNIX Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014PHOENIX GALERIE Invitation ExhibitPhoenix Galerie, Köln, GermanySolo
2013KwangHo ShinUNIX Gallery Miami, Miami, FLSolo
2013KwangHo ShinBien Gallery Invitation Exhibit, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2013Invitation ExhibitArtRaum Berlin Galerie, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013KwangHo ShinAP Gallery, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2013KwangHo ShinGallery A, Seongnam, South KoreaSolo
2013KwangHo ShinJungsoo Gallery, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2013Ausstellung 2013 im ArtRaum BerlinGalerie 44 Künstler mit 88 Bildern, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Group ShowGallery Jung – Jung Art Market, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
20113rd Daegu Young Art FestivalDaegu, Green Cable Television Station Art Hall, Daegu, South KoreaSolo
2011Memorized EmotionDaegu Art Square Studio 3rd open studio, Daegu, Daegu Art Square StudioSolo
2011Share of the TimeGoethe Institute, Korea Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Next Generation of DaeguMetro Gallery, Daegu, South KoreaGroup
2010Young Artist of SUSEONG ARTPIA - Emotion of novelDaegu, SUSEONG ARTPIA MULTI ARTHALLSolo
2010Process of GestureSpace Gachang, Daegu, South KoreaGroup
2009Budding Flower.1Daegu, J-One GalleryGroup