YOO Geun-Taek (1965)


When people think of Korean painting, they generally imagine traditional ink-and-wash paintings of grand landscapes. Yet Korean painter Yoo Geun-Taek explores more intimate subjects, while retaining the essentials of Oriental painting techniques. Yoo takes the path of experimentation and explored new themes, subject matter, materials and expression. He seeks to broaden the boundaries of Oriental painting, traditionally focused on ideality. However, for Yoo, ideological and spiritual attributes restrict its possibilities. “I always seek novelty and freshness. It is not accomplished by just painting over and over, but by asking questions about the spirit of the age”. After much consideration, Yoo delved into scenery from everyday life. He painted familiar views from his house or atelier. Even a long corridor of his apartment building inspired him. For Yoo, traditional black-and-white ink painting is inadequate for portraying contemporary life, and he uses a variety of materials from acrylic paint and tempera to Conté crayon and oyster shell white. “I live in the 21st century and my works have to take a different path to illustrate the world we live in”, says the artist.



1997 M.F.A. Hongik University

1988 B.F.A. Hongik University



2016 Breath of Life: Paintings by Yoo Geun-Taek, Donghwa Ode Gallery, New York

2014 Everlasting Tomorrow, OCI Museum, Seoul, Korea

2013 Du Ga Heon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012 The One Day, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

2010 Artside Gallery, Beijing, China

2010 Bundo Gallery, Daegu, Korea

2009 Savina Museum, Seoul, Korea

2009 LA Art Core Gallery, CA, USA

2008 21+YO Gallery, Tokyo, Japan




2014 The Moment, We Awe, SanShang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

2014 East Bridge, 798 Art Factory, Beijing, China

2013 Korean Art; Era of Grand Navigation, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea House & Home, Jeju

Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea

2013 Neo-Moroism, Tokyo Gallery, Beijing, China

2013 Awful Landscape, Force Gallery, Beijing, China

2013 Real Landscape-True Reflection, OCI Museum, Seoul, Korea

2012 Manner in Korean Paintings, HITE Foundation, Seoul, Korea

2012 Flower of Moment, OCI Museum, Seoul, Korea

2011 Seoul, City Exploration, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2010 Korean Avant-Garde Drawing 1970–2000, Soma Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2010 30th Anniversary of The Young Korean Artists, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2009 Contemporary East Asian Ink Painting, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 Korea on the Rocks, Art Season Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland