Jae Hyo Lee, (b.1965, South Korea) B.F.A in Plastic Arts, Hong-ik University, South Korea.
Jae Hyo Lee makes good sense among sculptors who work closely with natures. He has extraordinary gift with sanded wood. His sense of finish and his nearly obsessive treatment of the surface help him focus on exteriors that nevertheless radiate inner energies. Lee not only makes projects about nature, he also works within nature, so that his sculptures both describe and exemplify the natural world. The surface thus reveals the character of its making, becoming indicative of the creative process and holding interest by itself. The double character of Lee’s work―the expressiveness of its exterior and its profound connection with the wooded environment from which it has come―tells a story in which the human element of art is more or less excluded.
Lee has held multiple solo exhibitions in worldly famous museums including Moran Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea) M Art Center (Shanghai, China) Albemarle Gallery (London) etc., and has received awards including Kim Sae-Jung Young Artist Prize, Prize of Excellence of Hyogo International Competition of Painting etc. His works are collected by well-established institutions including National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), Moran Museum (Korea), Cornell University Herbert F. Johnson Museum (USA), Art Sella Sculpture Park (Italy), Gothenburg Botanical Garden (Sweden) etc.