Jinyoung YU

Seoul, KOR

Working with a cast of semi-invisible sculpted characters, Jin Young Yu explores the disparity between the outward and inward self. While her work has drawn on an ever-evolving storyline—from the meek-faced outcast wishing to be invisible to others, to the family overtly flamboyant in its attempt to appear “normal” as it entertains guests, to the hidden scars we all carry with and within us—Yu’s conceptual impetus is consistently clear: to acknowledge the anxiety of social situations, and to expose the implicit acts of cover-up one engages in as he or she adheres to social convention. Yu’s work centers on the use of two opposing media, and the tropes their usage represents: the disguise—faces and clothing rendered in vibrantly painted plaster; and a yearning for invisibility—bodies molded of ultra-transparent PVC , a material Yu prefers for its weightless, distortion-free quality.


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Yu Jinyoung was born in Korea in 1977. She lives and works in Seoul, where she graduated from Sungshin Women’s University with a degree in sculpture. She regularly exhibits at various cities including UNION Gallery, London, The Michael Horbach Foundation, Cologne and the Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium in Norway.

  • Born in Korea, 1977. Lives and works in Seoul.
  • 2001  B. F. A., in Sculpture, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul
  • 2005  M. F. A., in Sculpture, Sungshin Women’s University, Graduate School, Seoul



  • 2018 the LIFE, CHOI&LAGER Gallery, Germany (Cologne)
  • 2013 I’M OK, CHOI&LAGER Gallery,  Germany (Cologne)
  • 2008 A family in disguise, UNION Gallery, U.K (London)
  • 2007 WELCOME, KIMI ART Gallery, Korea (Seoul)
    ABUNDANT EMPTINESS, Ami&kanoko Gallery, Japan (Osaka)
  • 2006 ABUNDANT EMPTINESS, Chang Gallery, Korea (Seoul)
  • 2004 LEAF, LIFE, Noam Gallery, Korea (Seoul)


    • 2016 Please Return to Busan Port, Vestfossen Museum, Vestfossen, Norway
    • 2015  Have a Good Day, Mr.Kim, Michael Horbach Foundation, Cologne, Germany 
    • 2011  Hello, LeBASSE projects, U.S.A
      An eye on korean contemporary, France (Paris)
      The Solo Project Art Fair Switzerland (Basel)
      Hey!, musée de la halle st pierre, France (Paris)
    • 2010  Wow~! Funny Pop, Gyeongnam art museum, Korea (Gyeongnam)
      Lack of being, in ter alia art company, Korea (seoul)
      Alice’s Art Cube, Ansan arts center, Korea (Ansan)
      Star Wars-Episode III, UNC Gallery, Korea (seoul)
      Korean Art Show,  U.S.A (New York)
      London Art Fair, London, U.K
    • 2009  The Cold Cell, do-it-yourself art centre, London, U.K
      Transformation in art, Savina Museum, Seoul
      Hong Kong Art Fair, HKCEC, Hongkong
      Museum in a Look, Woljeon museum, Icheon
    • 2008  PULSE MIAMI Art Fair, Miami, U.S.A
      Merry Colorful Abstraction, Gallery  Artside, Seoul
      I Wanna Be a Contemporary Artist, The Arts House, Singapore
      Hong Kong Art Fair, HKCEC, Hongkong
      The Battle of Taste, Sangsangmadang, Seoul
    • 2007  I Design, Kumho museum, Seoul
      BATON TOUCH, art space hyun, Seoul
      A complex, sungkok museum, Seoul
    • 2006  Wall_a story behind That, Gallery Zandari, Seoul
      Museum Festival, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
      Whey protein, KIMI ART Gallery
    • 2005  Seoul Art Fair, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
      Funny Funny 4, Gallery Sejul, Seoul
    • 2004  Objet painting, Gallery Chosun, Seoul
      21C shamanism, Gallery Choheung, Seoul
    • 2004  Rapture Party, The alternative space Hap, Club COD, Seoul