Sohee Kim 


B.F.A.from Art Collage of Hongik University in Department of Print making

2010   M.F.A from Tama Art University, in Print making, Japan

2013   Ph.D. from Tama Art University, in Art, Japan



_ Honorary Mention at the International Print Triennial Krakow (2015,Poland)

- Excellence Prize at The 27th Korea Contemporary Print Award (2007)

- Third Prize at The 7th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Print( 2008 Kochi, Japan)

- Honorable mention at Yozo Hamaguchi 100th Anniversary International Print Competition (2009 Tokyo,Japan)

-Purchase prize at The 3rd Bangkok Triennale International Print And Drawing Exhibition(2012,Bangkok,Tailand)

-Grand prize at The 89thSYUNYO-KAI ART Exhibition (2012,Tokyo,Japan)


Solo Exhibition

2008  Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul

      Art space Noliteo, Daejeon

      Gallery Jung, Seoul

2009 Hangaram Art Museum,Seoul

2010 Shirota Gallery, Tokyo

2011 Gallery kei, Tokyo

   Shirota Gallery, Tokyo

2013 NODA Contemporary, Nagoya

      Hugos Workshop & Alchemy ,Tokyo

2014 Shirota Gallery, Tokyo

2015 Davidson Gallery,Seattle


Group Exhibition

2010  Hong kong Hotel Art Fair

    CWAJ Print show (American club,Tokyo)

   Daegu Art fair (DEXCO,Korea)

   Seoul international photo&print art fair (Busan)

2011 Osaka Hotel Art Fair (Osaka, Japan)

   Tokyo Art Fair(Tokyo,Japan)

2012 Hong kong Hotel Art Fair

    Young Art Taipei (Taiwan)

2013 Art NagoyaNagoya 

   Art Edition (SETEC, Seoul)

2014 The Turbine Art Fair in Newtown(Turbine hall,  Johannesburg)



       SAKIMA Art Museum (Okinawa ,Japan)

       Kochi Art Museum (Kouchi, Japan)

       Tokyo opera city (Tokyo,Japan)

       National Art bank (Korea)


Artist Note

When I ride a train packed with people, I feel we are being treated as objects. Propelled by invisible forces, we are sucked involuntarily into containers such as buses, trains and elevator, and swept off to the same places every day. People are transformed into passive automatons by the repetition of daily routines and the supremely efficient functioning of the megalopolis. Without realizing it, we lose our keen and vivid senses and grow accustomed to the role of inanimate objects.

  What I am attempting to do is not to denounce the conflicts and alienation that inevitably arise from this lifestyle of ours, but rather to depict them with a humorous sensibility. The scenes I portray are not the ones I see day to day, but rather dramatized images based on the ironies I perceive. Subjects that are familiar form everyday life are thrown into a confused state or aspect by their size or positioning. The images are imbued with humor that springs from a playful imagination. Play is one strategy for coping with the pitiless reality around us.

  All play begins with imagination. This is because it is through imagination that we can create playful spaces in the midst of humdrum reality.  Imaginative spaces are based on reality, and reality serves as an apparatus that establishes these imaginative spaces. This is like experiencing a different dimension that occupies the same place simultaneously. Because humorous images born of a playful imagination connect with our everyday lives in a manner different from that of reality, they may appear to be meaningless or illogical, but in fact they represent one facet of life. Perhaps they could even be said to reflect the facts of life. 

  For Example, we can view people losing their freedom and individuality, and being gradually reduced to shadows of themselves, not as a serious process but as a humorous one. The figure of the human lost and buried beneath a tidal wave of things is in fact the embodiment of our own slow death at the hands of day-to-day life.

  Laughing at something is a phenomenon that results from objective observation and criticism of that thing. With a healthy dose of humor, I hope to face the cruelties and absurdities of contemporary society head on, and send a message of encouragement and laughter to all the people surviving in the world today.

                                                     Sohee Kim