Kim Dong Yoo
lives and works
Gongju, South Korea
BFA, College of Fine Art, MokWon University, Daejeon, South Korea, 1988
MFA, Department of Painting, MokWon University, Daejeon, South Korea, 1990
about the artist
Kim Dong Yoo purports a novel approach to portraiture that exhibits a nineteenth-century Pointillist aesthetic while exemplifying the reiterative spirit of twentieth-century Pop. Miniature portraits in pixelated units of identical size make up a large portrait of a single face. Famous faces such as Marilyn Monroe’s, John F. Kennedy’s, Mao Zedong’s, and Princess Diana’s find themselves intricately depicted at varying saturations in order to achieve an impressive degree of verisimilitude. Kim has held a number of solo exhibitions at major venues in South Korea, such as the Kumho Museum of Art, the Sungkok Art Museum, and the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been included in shows held at galleries and fairs in Munich, Singapore, Beijing, and Miami, among others. His paintings were also shown in both installations of the Korean Eye at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, and Roundabout, which traveled from Wellington, New Zealand to Tel Aviv, Israel.