SON Munil (b. 1980)


SON Munil uses fabric as the dominant material of his work. He creates ‘anonymous portraits’ made of the texture of the suit, the dropping of the soft fabric, and the layering of the thin fabrics, juxtaposed in geometric shapes. In his Relationship series, the objects partially lose their basic identity through a distortion process. SON models the actual object before painting it with acrylic. The ambiguousness and the unpredictability of these portraits take shape in the three-dimensional images on flat surface. The textiles are given a new purpose in their central role in the artwork. The artist considers this process as a spiritual quest. The mixture of the suit with the geometric shape is all related to his spiritual approach, evocative of the tangible relationship of the cloth to the body. This play on shapes and objects makes one wonder until what extent the fabric can remove individual identity. Genuine yet inexorable approach, elaborate observations about the object and the details are SON Munil’s strength in exploring the ‘spiritual’.



2012 M.F.A., Mural Painting, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2005 B.F.A., Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea



2017 Material Language, Ray Gallery, Venezia, Italy

2016 Material Language, Form Gallery, Busan, Korea

2013 Illusion, Space SUN+, Seoul, Korea

2011 Fun with Essence, Gong Art Space, Seoul, Korea

2010 SON Munil, Gong-Gallery, Bejing, China



2018 美樓, Dong Duk Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2017 The Great Artist, Posco Museum, Seoul, Korea

2017 化, E-ang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2017 眞境 of Korea, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

2017 Dong em & e em, White Wave Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2017 New Version Language, Gwangju Culture & Art Center, Gwangju, Korea

2016 Korea Tomorrow, Sung Kok Museum, Seoul, Korea

2015 Color & Concept, Black Stone, Icheon, Korea

2013 Primavera, AMWAY Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2013 第五季节, Asian Art Works, Beijing, China

2012 Clothing-Making Selling Dressing Undressing, Ewha Womans University, Ewha Art

Center, Seoul, Korea

2012 Don’t Trust Artists, Space K, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea