Born in 1926, Riwon, South Hamgyong Province, Korea
Died in 2013, Yongin, Korea


Education
1951
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

1957
MFA in Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

1964-78
Professor at Chung-Ang University

1978-89
Resident Artist in Paris, France

 

Solo Exhibitions
2016
Blum & Poe, New York

2015
Kukje Gallery, Seoul

2014
The 1st Memorial Exhibition: Kwon Young-woo, Gallery EM, Seoul, Korea

2007
Kwon, Young Woo, the Life in the Papers, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2004
Gwangju Art Award, Gwangju, Korea
Suga Gallery, Busan, Korea

2002
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2000
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1998
Artist of the Year, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1993
World Gallery, Busan, Korea

1992
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1990
Ten Years in Paris, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
University of Otawa, Otawa, Japan
Hanil Gallery, Busan, Korea

1987
Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Bridgestone Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1986
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1984
Samil Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1982
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1980
Art Forum International Gallery, Paris, France
Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France

1977
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1976
Jacques Massol Gallery, Paris, France

1974
Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1966
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

 

Group Exhibitions
2017
(upcoming) Museum San, Wonju

2016
Dansaekhwa, Villa Empain, Brussels
Dansaekhwa and Minimalism, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and New York

2015
Dansaekhwa, Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, Venice
Korean Abstract Painting – 45th Anniversary of Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

2014
The Art of Dansaekhwa, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction, Blum & Poe, LA, USA

2012
Dansaekhwa in Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
The 33rd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2011
23 Artists of the Year, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Chang Chang Life, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2010
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea
The 32nd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2009
Korea-South America Contemporary Art, Gallery Bellarte, Seoul, Korea
The 31th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2008
The 30th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2007
Hangookhwa 1953-2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Korea Art Center, Busan, Korea
Woljeon Museum of Art, Icheon, Korea
The 29th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2006
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
The Guardians of the Tradition, Hankuk Art Museum, Yongin, Korea
The 28th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2005
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
Hangookhwa VISION, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
Transcending Time: Traditional and Contemporary, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Fine Arts, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The 4th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennale, Shenzhen, China
Alchemy of Daily Life, Christchurch, New Zealand
The 27th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2004
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The 26th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2003
The 25th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2002
Era of Contemplation and Sentiment, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Understanding Abstract Painting, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Aesthetics in Monochrome Paintings, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean & Japanese Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan
International Paper Artists, Jeonju, Korea
The 24th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2001
International Paper Artists, Jeonju, Korea
MANIF Seoul International Art Fair 2001, Seoul, Korea
Danwon Art Exhibition, Danwon Art Museum, Ansan, Korea
Journey of Korean Contemporary Art in 21C: 100 Artists (1911-1941), Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
The 23rd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

2000
The 50th Anniversary of Seoul National University, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Senior Artists, Korean Artist Association, Seoul, Korea
The 22nd Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1999
50 Years of Korean Art, Seoul, Korea
The 21st Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1998
International Art Festival, Busan, Korea
The 20th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1997
Horizon of Korean Art, Gallery Wooduk, Seoul, Korea
The 19th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1996
The 60th Anniversary of Hooso Group, Seoul, Korea
Spirits in Korean Abstract Art, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Evolution, Seonam Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 18th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Korea

1995
Korean Contemporary Art by Korea Foundation, Beijing, China
MANIF Seoul International Art Fair 1995, Seoul, Korea
50 Years of Korean Contemporary Art, Hanrim Gallery, Daejeon, Korea
The 100 Portraits, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
The 1995 Year of the Art: Korean Contemporary Art, Paris, France
The 17th Fine Art Exhibition, National Academy of Arts, Seoul, Busan, Jeju, Korea

1994
Twenty Leading Artists Today, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Ecole de Seoul, Gwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Seoul International Contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1993
Eleven Leading Artists Today, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Ecole de Seoul, Gwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Present and Past of Korean Art, Hanrim Gallery, Daejeon, Korea

1992
Identity of Korean Contemporary Art, Hanwon Gallery, Seoul
Generations of Korean Painting, Gallery Focus, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art in Japan, Shimonoseki, Nakata, Kasama, Mie, Japan
Lines of Tradition: Korean Spirit, Seonam Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1991
25 Korean Contemporary Artists, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art in Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia

1990-7
Seoul Grand Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1990
Footsteps of 47 Artists for Freedom of Journalism, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

1989
Salon de Mai, Paris, France

1988
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Art Vision ’88 France, Paris, France
Contemporary Artists, Chosun Daily, Seoul, Korea
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France
’88 Seoul Olympics: International Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

1987
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1986
Seoul-Paris by Friendly Association, Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1985
Salon de Mai, Paris, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art of Today, Ville Francais Museum, Nice Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1984
Whiteness and Eight Korean Contemporary Artists, France Cultural Center, Seoul, Korea
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France
Four Korean Artists, Bateau Laboire, Paris, France
Today’s 23 Artists, Joongang Daily, Seoul, Korea

1983
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Korean Contemporary Art: Scene After the 70’s, Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France
Seven Korean Contemporary Artists, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1982
Korean Contemporary Art, Kyoto, Japan
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France

1981
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Drawings in Korean Art, Donsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Drawings in Korean Art, Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Korean Resident Artists in France, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France
Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1980
Salon de Realite Nouvelle, Paris, France
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France
Korean Engraving Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Five Korean Resident Artists in France, Hangook Gallery, New York, USA
Asian Contemporary Art, Fukuoka Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

1979
Korean Contemporary Art, Korean culture Development, Seoul, Korea
Works on Paper, Jin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Cite International Des Arts, Paris, France
Salon Sude 92, Paris, France

1978
Joongang Art Contest Prizewinners, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Works on Paper, Kyeongji Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korean Art Association, Seoul, Korea
The 2nd Paris International Contemporary Art, Paris, France
The 4th Ecole de Seoul, Seoul, Korea

1977
Eastern Painting, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, Tokyo Central Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Korean Contemporary Art, Nagoya Beaux-Arts, Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Korean Contemporary Art, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Ten Contemporary Artists, Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Seoul, Korea
The 3rd Ecole de Seoul, Seoul, Korea

1976
Contemporary Eastern Painting, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
The 4th Independents Artists, Korean Art Association, Seoul, Korea
The 2nd Seoul Contemporary Art Festival, Seoul, Korea
The 1st Gwangju Contemporary Art Festival, Gwangju, Korea
The 2nd Ecole de Seoul, Seoul, Korea

1975
Five Whites from Korea, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France

1973
Korean Contemporary Art: Form and Antiforms from the 50s to 70s, Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 12th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
100 Korean Contemporary Artists, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Thirteen Korean Contemporary Artists, Signum Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

1972
Korean Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan and Honolulu, USA

1971
The 2nd Triennale-India, New Delhi, India

1970
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 1st Grand Korean Art, Korea Daily News, Seoul, Korea

1965
The 8th Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo, Japan

1963
Contemporary Korean Artists, Chosun Daily News, Seoul, Korea

1962
International Freedom Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

1956
National Art Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

 

Selected Collections
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul and Gwacheon
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Busan Museum of Art, Busan
Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul
Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon
Hanlim Museum, Daejeon
National Library of Korea, Seoul
British Museum, London
The French Ministry for Culture and Communication, Paris
Embassy of South Korea to the USA, Washington, D.C.
Embassy of South Korea to Denmark, Copenhagen
Embassy of South Korea to Canada, Ottawa
Chase Manhattan Bank

 

Awards
2003
Gwangju Culture & Arts Order (9th Huh Bakryeon Prize), Gwangju, Korea

2001
Silver Crown Medal of the Order of Cultural Merit, Korea

1998
National Academy of Arts Prize

1974
The Invitational Prize at the 24th National Art Exhibition

1960
Special Prize at the 9th National Art Exhibition

1958-59
The Minister of Education Prize at the 7th~8th National Art Exhibition