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Hyunae Kang

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Hyunae Kang
Hyunae Kang
Hyunae Kang
Hyunae Kang
Chungchengnam-do, South Korea
🏳️ NationalitySouth Korean
🏫 EducationEwha Woman's University
💼 Occupation
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HyunAe Kang was born on 1959 in Chungchengnam-do, Korea. Despite the rapid industrialization South Korea underwent in the 60s and 70s, the rural farming village that Kang spent her childhood in remained largely untouched by modernization, and she grew up with a deep appreciation of the natural beauty of the mountains and the seas that would become a throughline for her art.[1][2][3]


Kang’s career as an artist began in the early 1990s. Her first solo exhibition was in 1991 at the Gallery Hyundai in Seoul, the oldest and most revered contemporary art gallery in South Korea. Her sculptures were also included in a 1993 exhibition at the Art Museum of Soul in 1993 and the 1995 Korea Fine Art Grand Exhibition. She also taught as an instructor at the Hanyang Women’s College during this time.[4]

The dominant theme of the works from this early period is the tension between geometric modernism and organic abstraction. Kang explorers the interplay between the theoretical and the natural through elements of sculpture. Pure geometric shapes, such as the sphere or cube, unfurl into amorphous forms whose irregularity evokes a sense of the primordial. Similarly, the uncanny smoothness of polished stone or bronze is disrupted by craggy patches resembling biomatter. Even Kang’s choice in mediums is an interrogation of the two seemingly oppositional concepts; by juxtaposing burnished bronze with grainy wood or translucent marble with impenetrable obsidian, Kang embraces material alterity to achieve visual harmony.[5][6]

Kang immigrated to the United States in 1993, leaving behind her rapidly ascendant career in the Korean art world in order to expand her horizons. Despite having no prior connections to American galleries or museums, Kang was able to establish herself as a rising artist in Southern California. Her first American exhibition was at the Cerritos Public Library in 1998, followed by shows at the Elizabeth Edwards Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Beach in 2001, Elizabeth Fine Arts Gallery in Palm Desert, and Gallery 3 in Fullerton in 2002.[7]

The move to the United States marked a major turning point in Kang’s art. Due to her unfamiliarity with American quarries and foundries, Kang shifted to creating paintings. And although these paintings are in many respects a continuation of her earlier sculptural phase, as evident in the continuous exploration of nature as a theme and use of texture, they also represent a new beginning for Kang. Having become isolated from the Korean art world, Kang forged a new distinct style that was uniquely hers which can be seen in her use of color and texture. Having become isolated from the Korean art world, Kang forged a new distinct style that was uniquely hers. Unlike other artists of the Dansaekhwa movement whose works are characterized by monochromatic austerity and muted earth tones, Kang revels in her use of bright colors. Citing newfound influence from American artists such as Rothko, Motherwell, and Frankenthaler, Kang embraces a more kaleidoscopic palette, painting with delightfully bright pigment whose luster evokes a sense of the ethereal.[8]

Kang has been very active during the past decade, with her works being exhibited in numerous galleries, art shows, and museums. She has had solo exhibitions in multiple cities in the United States, as well as Monaco, Mexico, Russia, and Italy. She has also been featured in many group shows in the United States, Italy, Russia, Korea, Hong Kong, and China. And most recently, Kang had her first career retrospective titled “Dialogues with the Sacred” at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California.[9][10]


Kang moved to Seoul in 1981 where she received both her BFA and MFA in sculpture from the prestigious Ewha Womans University. In addition to sculpture, Kang also studied painting, drawing, print-making, and traditional Korean ceramics at Ewha Womans University.

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  3. "Hyun Ae Kang - 19 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  4. Muzeo Museum solo invitation Exhibition, Dialogues with the scared, retrieved 2022-03-15
  5. "Hyun Ae Kang". BOCCARA ART Galleries. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  6. "Hyunae Kang Paintings Art Abstracts". InCollect. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  7. "Artland - Discover and Buy Art Online". Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  8. "ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART | Hyunae Kang". Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  9. Artmajeur, Hyun Ae Kang |. "Hyun Ae Kang (United States), Contemporary Painter Artist | Artmajeur". Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  10. "Kooness". Kooness. Retrieved 2022-03-15.