Minyoung Choi (b. 1989 Seoul, South Korea) lives and works in London. Choi graduated from the MFA Painting Course at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017. Choi’s works, which straddle the boundary between surrealism and real life representations, often function in relation to one another as a series of meditations on a particular theme or concept. Objects, images and patterns of light frequently recur among her paintings, creating a sense of cohesion, as if these pictures all belonged to the same dusky, strangely lit dream. Light is of utmost importance to Minyoung’s pictures, its various, radiating sources – the moon, a laptop screen, a television, a lamp – often providing the focal point of the composition.
Solo exhibitions include: Lychee One Gallery, London (2021); (upcoming) The Residence Gallery, London (2020); MINYOUNG CHOI, Andelli Art Gallery, Wells, Somerset (2019); On Water Under Snow, Art in the Bar, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales (2017); Avanzamos / Volvemos, Olvera Contemporary Art Centre, Olvera, Spain (2017).
Group exhibitions include: Group show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (upcoming) (2020); Still Here, The Newington Gallery, London (2019); RBA Annual Exhibition 2019, The Mall Galleries, London (2019); Prologue, Offshoot Gallery, London (2019); One of One, 163 Gallery, London (2019); The RBA “Rising Stars” Exhibition 2019, The Royal Over-Seas League, London (2019); PAINT: THE SEEN, THE UNSEEN AND THE IMAGINED, Contemporary European Painting, Messums Wiltshire, Wiltshire (2019); Dream of You, Love Unlimited, Glasgow, Scotland (2018); Young London Painters, Arthill Gallery, London (2018); Wells Art Contemporary Award 2018, The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset (2018); A Field Guide to Getting Lost, TAF The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece (2018); The Horse, curated by Noel Mckenna - Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2018); The Beep 2018 Biennial International Painting Prize, Swansea College of Art, Swansea (2018); The Gilchrist-Fisher Award 2018, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London (2018); Dentons Art Prize 2018, Dentons, London (2018); Graduate Art Prize, Exchange House, London (2017); Other Spaces, Slade Summer Residency, Slade School of Fine Art, London (2017); Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London (2017); After Art School, ArtAttack, The Crypt Gallery, London (2016); Forwards + Backwards, Dona Laura's House, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); and Sanmoim Archives, Hangeul National Museum, Seoul (2015).
Highlights and Collections
Choi has been awarded numerous prizes and residencies, among which the Next Generation Art Prize, part of the Wells Art Contemporary Award in 2018, the Henry Tonks Prize in 2017, the Slade Summer School Residency in 2017 and the Olvera Contemporary Arts Centre Residency in Olvera, Spain in 2017. She was a finalist of the RBA Rising Stars in 2019, the Gilchrist-Fisher Award in 2018 and the Chadwell Award in 2017. Her works can be found in private and public collections worldwide such as the Olvera Art Centre in Olvera, Spain and The Tom and Chai Hall Collection in Hong Kong.