KIM Dong Yoo (b. 1965)


KIM Dong Yoo has established himself as the prominent Korean painter of Western icons. The main motifs of his work are individuals, who he perceives not as entities but as pure images. These images are not a representation of the actual persons but of independent beings that exist separately from the signified subjects. His process consists of painting thousands of tiny images of the same picture, not to create a larger version of the same image, but an entirely different portrait. In his Marilyn Monroe portraits, KIM puts together numerous tiny images of John F. Kennedy to form a large portrait of the glamourous American actress. The faces of Kennedy fill every pixel of Monroe’s portrait, implying that the two individuals had a strong influence on each other’s public image. The final image conveys the sum of all ideas and opinions that the public has about the celebrity. It also suggests that the wall between politics and entertainment has been dismantled. And in the case of Marilyn and Kenned, it obviously implies the inevitable story of desire between the two unforgettable figures.



1990 M.F.A. Dept. of Paintings, Graduate school, Mokwon University, Daejeon, Korea

1988 B.F.A. Dept. of Paintings, College of Fine Art, Mokwon University, Daejeon, Korea



2016 Scope New York 2016, 639 W 46th St, New York, US

2015 Sis Gallery, New York, US

2015 Living Together, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, US

2015 Kim Dong Yoo, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea

2014 Kim Dong Yoo, Gallery Sesom, Changwon, Korea

2013 Kim Dong Yoo, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012 Kim Dong Yoo, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

2012 Kim Dong Yoo, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, US

2011 Kim Dong Yoo, Gallery Baton, Seoul, Korea

2010 Kim Dong Yoo, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea



2015 Esprit DIOR, DDP, Seoul, Korea

2015 SCOPE Basel 2015, Basel, Switzerland

2014 Garden, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2014 Constructive Units, James Christie’s room, Hong Kong

2014 PEOPLE, The Palace of Independence, The Gallery of Modern Art, Kazakhstan

2014 Meaningful Patterns, Art Center White Block, Paju, Korea

2014 Comment about Paintings, I gong Gallery, Daejeon, Korea

2014 Paintings of Contemporary Generation, I gong Gallery, Daejeon, Korea

2014 Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Exhibition & Convention Center, Singapore

2013 LA Art Show, LA Convention Center/South Hall J&K, Los Angeles, US