Buddha (for peace), 2010
Oil on canvas
227 x 182 cm

artist profile

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.

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93 Museum, Paju, South Korea

Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, South Korea

Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea

Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Hoam Museum, Seoul, South Korea

South Korean Folk Village Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, USA

Samsung Foundation of Culture, Seoul, South Korea

Sabina Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea