Xooang Choi

Korea, Republic Of 1975

Installation, Sculpture


Xooang Choi
Xooang Choi
Korea, Republic Of
September 5, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Deep, complex and sometimes mysterious, emotions are fundamental to the human condition. They color our days and have a profound impact on the way we feel about our lives. Although all people should be able to control their personal emotions, there are times when that is not the case – when, actually, emotions control us. Korean artist Xooang Choi has created an impressive body of work that shows us the realism of the human emotion frozen in an instant. His art reveals the raw reality of modern life ordinary people face every day if they don’t confront the outer world. The artist’s interest focuses on social systems that manage and control people, their behavior and feelings more than ever before.[1]

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Xooang Choi – Dreamers (Girl), 2008 (Left) / Dreamers (Pink), 2015 (Right), photo via choiandlager.com

Sculpture by Xooang Choi

Born in 1975 in Korea, Xooang Choi obtained his MFA in Sculpture from the Seoul National University in 2005. Already during his studies, he became recognized for his tiny figurative sculptures made of painted polymer clay. However, since 2007 and his one-man show titled The Vegetative State, Choi’s figures have been enlarged in its scale, which gave more presence to his figurative sculptures that unearth dark emotions. The artist modifies proportions of the human-like characters or isolates body parts and takes them out of context to create disturbing and thought-provoking pieces that explore human rights, discrimination, society’s pathological state, isolation, loneliness, and sex and gender politics among other themes.

He takes body parts out of context to create disturbing and thought-provoking pieces

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Xooang Choi – The Islet of Asperger Type, Ⅵ, 2009, photo via koreanartistproject.com

The Power of Body Language

Created from clay and resin, Xooang Choi’s pieces take on a strange life form all of their own. Extremely detailed and graphic sculptures wear poignant, but at the same time, very powerful expressions. Their feelings, fears, bitterness, anger and frustrations are written on their faces. Marble-like, flesh-toned figures show the sculptor’s concerns about human condition in the society. Although his highly detailed works can be described as hyperrealistic in terms of technique, Xooang’s sculptures are surreal at the same time, having their bodies distorted, exaggerated or merged with other species. His work shows how one perceives oneself and others as well as the society and environment where he or she belongs.[2]

Marble-like, flesh-toned figures show the sculptor’s concerns about human condition in the society

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Xooang Choi – Condition for Ordinary Settlement, 2012 (Left) / Isometric Female, 2013 (Right), photo via albertbenamou.com

A Commentary on Society

Open for countless interpretations, Choi’s sculptures explore how a variety of social issues and value systems impact the humans. As the sculptor himself claims, the most important to his work is to raise questions in the audience, about human beings and their role in modern society.[3] His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Seoul including The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gimhae Arts Centre, Dukwon Gallery, Doosan Art Center, Gwangju Museum of Art and the Museum of Art Seoul National University, among others. Internationally, Choi took his first steps into the contemporary art world in Paris, Beijing and Singapore.

Xooang Choi lives and works in Seoul.


  1. Ryu, H. Choi Xooang — The Blind for the Blind, Slash Paris [ September 25, 2016 ]
  2. Kang, Y. An Interview with Xooand Choi, My Art Guides [ September 25, 2016 ]
  3. Hossenally, R. (2014) The Blind for The Blind: Choi Xooang Talks to Yatzer, Yatzer [ September 25, 2016 ]

Featured image: Xooang Choi – The Wing (installation view), 2009, photo via koreanartistproject.com

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Unbodied ObjectsDoosan Gallery, New York, USASolo
2017The Logic of SensationGallery Simon, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2017Your Hand, My HeartGallery Simon, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2016A Better TomorrowCulture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2016We Create Things, Things Create UsChangwon Sculpture Biennale, Changwon, KoreaGroup
2016Extension.krVolga-Vyatka region branch of the National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2016Please Return to the Busan portVestfossen Museum. Vestfossen, NorwayGroup
2016Dream of FlyingBrandts Museum, Odense, DenmarkGroup
2016Extension.kr Triumph Gallery, MoscowGroup
2016EulgulGalerie Gradiva, Paris, FranceSolo
2015Illusion and FantasyNational Museum of Contemporary Art, SeoulGroup
2015Have a Good Day, Mr. Kim - Group Show of Korean ArtistsChoi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2015Choi Xooang: The Blind for the BlindGalerie Albert Benamou, ParisSolo
201410th Gwangju BiennaleGwangju Biennale, GwangjuGroup
2013Condition for OrdinaryArt Seasons - Singapore, SingaporeSolo
2013The Big Small ShowArt Seasons - Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2013Fake Plastic TreesSPACE CAN & Old House, Seoul Solo
2012Art Stage SingaporeArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2011Regards Croisés: a Selection of Asian Contemporary ArtArt Plural Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2011Korea Tomorrow Selected ArtistsSungkok Art Museum, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2010Islets of AspergerDoosan Art Centre, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2010Islets of AspergerGalerie Albert Benamou, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Korea TomorrowSETEC, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2010BlindnessBoan-Yugwan, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2010Here And There, The World in MotionFine Art Gallery of Luxun National Institute, ShenyangGroup
2009Choi Xooang: The Human Emotion UnveiledGalerie Albert Benamou, ParisSolo
2009Face à facesGalerie Albert Benamou, ParisGroup
2009City_net AsiaSeoul Museum of Art (SeMA), SeoulGroup
2009The PruritusDukwon Gallery, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2009The Fabric ArcheDaegu, Daegu Culture & Arts Center, Daegu, KoreaGroup
2009The Beginning of New EraNational Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2009Korean Hyper RealismGimhae Arts Centre, Gimhae, KoreaGroup
2009Between The BordersGwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2009Artist Gallery – PortraitMuseum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Korean Young artistsGallery LVS, SeoulGroup
2008Sculpture Spoken HereDukwon Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Korean Young Artists 3: Sculptures & ObjectsSolitary Meditation, Doosan Art Centre, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008Seogyo Sixty 2008 – The Battle of TasteGallery SangSangmadang, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008From Korea – First StepArt Seasons Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
200855 Contemporary Artsits selected by the CriticHangaram Art Museum, SeoulGroup
2008Berlin Art FairAlexander Oak Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007The Vegetative StateGallery LVS, SeoulSolo
2007BBULJITAlternative Space Choong Jung Gak, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Neo UtopiaGallery Kwan-Hoon, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Critical MassGallery Kwan-Hoon, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007From KoreaGallery L.M., Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Recto & Verso of Korean Hyper RealismGallery L.M., Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007VanitasGallery Espace Sol, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006VANITASGallery LM, SeoulGroup
2006Merz’s RoomSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006LiLLiPuT in meMushroom Arts, New York, the United States of AmericaGroup
2006SillaKyung-ju National Museum, Kyung-ju, KoreaGroup
2006The Power of ImaginationKorea University Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006One’sCraft House, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006City Net AsiaSeoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006The ShoppingAlternative space Kyul, Che-juGroup
2006Media Scene in SeoulMerz's Room., Seoul Museum of Art, SeoulGroup
2006Speaking Of Young ArtistsSuggestion Of Critics, Project Space Zip, SeoulGroup
2005The Magic of ArtGallery Chosum Ilbo, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005Funny Sculpture and Funny PaintingGallery Sejul, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005The Five Senses + αUniversity Museum of Fine Art, Hongik National University, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005O’pinkSpace Phil, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005Destructive characters (6 artists & 1 intruder)Gallery Kwan Hoon, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005Art CapsuleUniversity Museum of Fine Art, Yonsei National University, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005PartitionInsa Art Plaza Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
200536.5Gallery BODA, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005Nano in young artist, Alternative space LOOPGallery Ssamji, SeoulGroup
2004Phototaxis ManiaSpace Cell Gallery, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2004PreviewTeam_preview, SeoulGroup
2004Art CapsuleUniversity Museum of Fine Art, YonSei National University, SeoulGroup
2004Parti_tionInsa Art Plaza Gallery, SeoulGroup
2003Rikkiko under the black sunSmall Space One, SeoulGroup
2003MaitreyaJeonju National Museum, JeonjuGroup