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Heesoo Kim

B.1984 Based in Seoul, South Korea


Based on his careful observations of individuals living mundane lives, Kim explores and conveys various aspects of human existence using bold colours and uninhibited lines. Under the key theme of “Normal Life,” his works continue to raise questions about what constitutes an ordinary life. The images of people with their eyes closed or fixed somewhere else evoke diverse senses, memories, emotions, and imagination. As a result, Kim’s works urge us to recognise our own reflections in them, and thus strike a chord with a wider audience. Foregrounded against abstract backgrounds, each character reveals their own condensed narrative.




2011 BFA, Advertising and Design, KONKUK University, Seoul, South Korea



Solo Exhibitions

Monologue, Everyday Mooonday, Seoul, South Korea

Normal Life, Unit, London, UK
Artbusan, Gallery Afternoon, Seoul, South Korea
Normal Life – Lovers, Gallery Kabinett, Seoul, South Korea
Can Art Ibiza, Gallery Afternoon, Ibiza, Spain

Normal Life – Be Normal & People, Gallery Afternoon, Seoul, South Korea
Heesoo Kim, Platform (online), Unit, London, UK

The Other Side of My Mind, Everyday Mooonday, Seoul, South Korea
Normal Life – Drawing, Herald Artday, Seoul, South Korea
Normal Life – Memo, Gallery Kabinett, Seoul, South Korea

Normal Life – Day, Holocoin Studio, Seoul, South Korea
Live drawing performance with Seokcheol Yun, Seoul, South Korea

Normal Life – People, Holocoin Studio, Seoul, South Korea
Normal Life, Everyday Mooonday, Seoul, South Korea

Normal Life, Bang Studio, Seoul, South Korea

Sketch Exhibition, Opium Studio, Seoul, South Korea



Group Exhibitions

Portrait of a Man, X Museum, China

ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Unit, Shanghai, China
Art Tokyo, Unit, Tokyo, Japan

Nassima Landau, Tel Aviv, Israel

Art Supermarket, Insa Art Center, South Korea

Colour on Canvas, Mimesis Art Museum, Paju, South Korea



Selected Press

August ‘Heenang Heesoo Kim’s Neo-Modernist Portraits Reflect the Anxieties of Daily Life’, Artsy
‘Heesoo Kim’s Nameless Portraits Reflect Universal Human Experiences’, Ocula
June ‘Heesoo Kim: A Retreat in South Korea’, Juxtapoz

September ‘Heesoo Kim: Normal Life’, Korean Kulture

November ‘Heesoo Kim Explores “The Other Side of My Mind” in Latest Seoul Exhibition’, Hypebeast



Selected Collections

Lian Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA
Sagol Family Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel
Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Bunker Foundation (Rudin DeWoody Collection), West Palm Beach, USA