2006 MFA, Sankt Peterburg National Art University, Russia
2002 BFA, Gae Myung University, Korea
Kwon Hyuk is one of the most acclaimed Korean contemporary realism painters today. He graduated from the Saint Peterburg National Art University in Russia and have held over 22 Solo exhibitions worldwide. He has also participated in more than 30 group exhibitions internationally and his works have been widely collected by a lot of important museums to private collectors from all over the world.
Kwon Hyuk’s works feature the traditional Korean ceramics subject. With influence from western realistic still life paintings, his works are minimalistic in artistic approach yet extremely expressive in form. The colors in his table ware are gentle and subtle but very poetic and abundant. They seems to naturally ‘age’, their appearance washed lightly by layers of colors; giving an elegant sense of vintage appeal. When viewing Kwon Hyuk’s works, the dishes and vases seemed to come alive like a glass of aged good wine, simplistic yet leaving a complex aftertaste and creating a strong remembrance.
What is extremely successful in Kwon Hyuk’s artistic approach is his execution of showcasing not only the beauty of traditional Korean ceramics, but also triumphantly combining abstract ideas with a realistic outcome. His insistence on Asian tradition, beauty aesthetics together with a relevant understanding of the modern enables him to create works that evolves between the old & the new, the past & the present and going beyond the basic terms of contemporary art creation. His works blur the lines of Eastern & Western, successfully pushing the existence of boundaries in our society. Through Kwon Hyuk’s paintings, the memories of our past and the hope for the future are contained, providing us spiritual elevation and a new understanding towards our contemporary life.