Born in Seoul, South Korea, Choi is an abstract expressionist artist whose work is built on expert use of color and movement. His vision of the world’s essence is comprised of paradoxes where beginnings and ends are parallel and are in contact. Choi’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery Daon, and countless private collections around the world.
I’ve been making art since I was about 6-7 years old. I used to paint cartoons all day and wanted to be a cartoonist until I was 25. I’ve always been drawn to art and creating.
2. How would you describe your style?
I work in abstracting people, society, and the universe through color and scale.
3. How has your art evolved over the years?
I create series of works focused on a singular color or process, such as my current cobalt works.
4. What are the inspirations for your art?
I draw inspiration from the nature of humanity, the basic aspects of our lives that have neither shape nor form.
5. How does living in South Korea influence your art?
Korea is in a very special situation comprised of oxymorons. We are among the great power nations, but our politics are uneasy. We developed at a fast pace, but our society has not developed at the same pace.
6. What is your creative process like?
It’s an organic process similar to cells multiplying. Starting with a single part and creating it step by step. When this process is repeated, a three-dimensional structure is created. There are betrayals, alliances, leaders and crowds. My process likes the drama of creation and destruction.
7. How long does it take you to complete a painting?
It differs from picture to picture. some are completed in a few minutes, and some take months.
8. What is a key element in creating a work?
Paradox. I think this world is paradoxical yet balanced. For example, We should breathe out after breathe in, We want cool when it gets hot. We always need the opposite to maintain balance yet that is a paradox in itself. Even Earth is a paradoxical magnet with opposition.
9. What do you want people to take away from your work? What do you want your work to make them feel?
I want them to think freely without reading what I feel about them. Maybe the works will look different every day, because my works are alive.