Park Seo-Bo, Korean (1931 - )

Park Seo-Bo

Since beginning his artistic career in the 1950s, Park, Seo-Bo has been at the forefront of contemporary Korean art.  He is considered his country's preeminent artist, credited with introducing Modernism to Korean art. Park's innovative combination of traditional Korean sensibility with the Western abstract art movements of Minimalism, Art Informel, and Color Field painting has made him an influential figure to generations of Korean artists.

Through a labor-intensive, multi-step process, the artist creates Minimalist paintings with complexly textured surfaces. Several layers of mulberry paper – known in Korea as hanji – acrylic paint, and ink are built up onto each canvas.  Before the layers dry, Park uses a pencil or a narrow bamboo stick to incise thin parallel lines across the entire surface. In each painting, rectangular spaces are strategically carved away, revealing a vivid under layer of paint and creating what Park calls "Breathing Spaces" amidst the sea of lines. In keeping with Park's understated style, these new works juxtapose pattern and emptiness, restrained form and exuberant color, and Eastern and Western aesthetics.

Park, Seo-Bo's work has been on view throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. for more than fifty years.  Among his retrospective exhibitions is, Park, Seo-Bo's Paintings: Its Forty Years, at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul in 1991.  He has received numerous awards, such as The National Medal of Korea (The Medal of Seokryu) in 1987, The Order of Cultural Merits, Korea in 1994, and the Seoul Metropolitan Cultural Award in 1995.  His work is in the collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; The Seoul Museum of Art; The Contemporary Museum of Hongik University, Seoul; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, France. In 1994 he founded the Park, Seo-Bo Art and Cultural Foundation. He lives and works in Seoul, where he was a Professor at the College of Fine Arts, Hongik University.


The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul.
Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul.
The Contemporary Museum of Hong-lk University,Seoul.
The Council House, Racine, Wisconsin U.S.A.
The Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul.
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka Japan.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
Ohara Museum, Kurashiki Japan.
The Museum of Modern Art Toyama, Toyama Japan.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima Japan.
Son Je Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyung Ju Korea.
Gidang Art Museum, Cheju Korea.
Sculpture Park, The Shin Chon Jee Art Museum, Cheju.
Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Shimonoseki Japan.
Kwangju City Art Museum, Kwangju Korea.
The Museum of EWha Women's University, Seoul.
Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum, Pusan.
POSCO Art Museum, Seoul.
Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie Japan.
Han-Lim Art Museum, Taejeon.
Total Museum, Seoul.

1995 Seoul Metropolitan Cultural Prize, Seoul Korea.
1994 An Order of Cultural Merits, Korea.
1987 The 1st Art & Culture Grand-Prize (The Federation of Artistic & Cultural Organizations of Korea), Seoul. Korea.
1984 National Medal (The Medal of Seokryu), Korea.
1979 The 11th Culture and Art Prize the Republic of Korea(Sponsored by Ministry of Public Information),Seoul. Korea.
1976 The 2nd Joong-Ang Cultural Grand-Prize(Joong-Ang Daily News), Seoul Korea.
1961 The 1st Prize at the Jeunes Peintres du Monde a Paris(National Committee of I.A.A.), Paris France.



Urban Crossrodads-New York, Paris, Seoul, Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade.
Poetry in Motion, Galerie BEYELER, Basel.
A Table of Korea Contemporary Art, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu
Elastic Taboos-Within the Korean World of Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria.
Exhibition "PARK SEO BO & LEE KANG SO; WORKING WITH NATURE(Tate Gallery Liverpool)-14years later", Gallery Samtuh, Seoul.
SIPA 2006, Korea Print Art Promotion Committee, Hangaram Art Museums of Seoul Art Center, Seoul
ART SINGAPORE 2006, Lee Hwaik Gallery, Suntec Singapore Level6 Hall, Singapore.
Established Statues, Gallery Samtuh, Mellbourne.
Art0'06 CHIGAGO at Navy Pier, UM Gallery, Chicago
ART FAIR BOLOGNA, Galerie Dorothea Van Der Koelen Mainz, Bologna Exhibition Center, Bologna, Italy.
KIAF 2005 (Korea International Art Fair), Gallery Samtuh, Coex/lndian Hall, Seoul.
The 35th Anniversary Exhibition Partn · Modern &
Contemporary Masters-, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.
ART TAIPEI 2005, Soka Art Center, Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hal13, Taipei.
ON Line+OFF Line, UM Gallery, Seoul.
The Art Festival for World Peace 2004, Liu Hai Su Art Museum,
Shanghai.Shanghai International Art Fair 2004, Jean Art Gallery, Shanghai Mart Hall, Shanghai.
Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Gallery Samtuh, Melbourne.
Art'04 Chicago at Navy Pier, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Chicago.
Monochrome PaintinEs of Korea, Past and Present, Seoul Museum of Af, Seoul.
KIAF 2004(Korea International Art Fair),Gallery Samtuh & Korea Art Gallery,Coex/lndian Hall, Seoul.
The Special Show of the Most Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Korea, ChinaInternational Gallery Expositions, Beijing.china
International Gatlery Exposition, Um Gallery,
China International Science and Technology Exposition Center, Beijing.
Traditional & Innovation Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.Seoul Art Fair 2003, Gallery Samtuh, Seoul.Arts Center, Seoul.
Art Cologne 2003, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Koln.
Shanghai International Art Fair 2003, Johyun Gallery, ShanEhai Mart Hall, Shanghai.
6th Triennale Mondiale D'Estampes Petit Format 2002, Chamalieres France.
FIAC 2003, Ci-Gong Gallery, Paris.
KIAF 2003(Korea International Art Fair),Gallery Samtuh & Johyun Gallery,Coex/lndian Hall, Seoul.
Art'03 Chicago at Navy Pier, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Chicago.
Art'03(Daegu Art Expo 2003), Johyun Gallery & Gallery Shilla, EXCO, Daegu.
Tradition & Innovation III -Koreanische Gegenwartskunst, Museum fur OstasiatischeKunst, Berlin.
White Spectrum-Joseon White Porcelain and Korean Contemporary Art, Joseon Royal Kiln Museum, Gwangju.
Appreciation of Abstract Paintings, Sung Kok Art Museum, Seoul.
Korean Contemporary Art from the 1970's to mid-1980's [Age of Philosophyand Aesthetics] , National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seout.
KIAF 2002(Korea International Art Fair), Johyun Gallery & Gallery Canji, BusanConvention Center, Busan.
30th Anniversary of Jean Art Gallery--·Korea-Japan Contemporary Art 2002-,Jean Art Gallery, Jean Art Center, Seoul.
Art Cologne 2002, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, KOln.
Art 2002 Chiraso at Navy Pier, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Chicago.
Basel Art Fair,Gallery Hyundi Messe Basel, Basel.
San Francisco International Art Exposition,Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Fort Mason Center,San Francisco.
The Unfinished Century:Legacies 20th Century Art,Organizers The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo.Visiting Artist-Maestro of Korean contemporary Art,Promoting Kumho Museum & Art Magazine Wo1ganmisool, Seoul.
Tokyo International Forum Art Collection : A boat of diversit, Tokyo.
SIAF'96(Seoul International Art Fair), Gallery Hyundai, Jean Art Gallery, Sun Gallery, KOEX, Seoul.
Clay Work of Korean Contemporary Artists-CHONG, Chang-Sup, KIM,Tschang-Yeul, Park, Seo-Bo, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo.
'96 Joong-Ang Biennale(Held by Joong-Ang Il-Bo), Seoul Metropolitan Art Museum, Seoul.
Spirit of Korea Abstract Painting, Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul.
BLACK & WHITE, Gallery Seomi, Seoul.
Korean Monochrome Painting in the 1970s, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.
52 Artists among Home and Abroad, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.
ART 1995 CHICAGO AT NAVY PIER, Gallery Hyundai,Chicago.
The Faces of Contemporary Art 40 years,Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul.
NICAF YOKOHAMA '94(International Contemporary Art Fair, Japan), Tokyo Gallery & Jean Art Gallery,Japan.
KOREAN ART : Yesterday and Now, Hanlim Gallery,Taejeon, Korea.
In the Occasion of Tae-Jeon EXPO '93, "Future lies Ahead"(Selected by Pontus Hulten), Taejeon, Korea.
12 Contemporary Artists from Korea, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendaim Japan.
4 Korean Contemporary Artists, Ci-Gong Gallery, Taegu.
Exhibition of 25 Korean Contemporary Artists, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul.
The 2nd TOKYO ART EXPO 1991(Duson Gallery), Tokyo. International Trade Center, Harumi Tokyo.
Inuaugural Exhibition of Korean Contemporary Art, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyungju.
Contemporary Art in Monochrome, from the Museum collection, Tokyo. Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo.
Contemporary Korean Painting, Zagreb, Ljublijana, Sarajevo, Beograd.
Line & Expression, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan.
1990 Autumn. Muramatsu, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo.
Contemporary Art of 80's 100 Forms : Inax Gallery+NAKAHARA Yusuke, Tokyo.
REVOLUTION : FLASH-BACK (Paris Art Center), Paris.
Commissioned Work "THEME HIROSHIMA" Hiroshima City Museum of contemporary Art, Hiroshima Japan.
The 43rd La Biennale di Venezia. Venice.
CONTEMPORARY ART & OLYMPICS : Exhibition of Official Fine Art Posters & Lithographs of the 24th Olympiad Seoul 1988 (Lloyd Shin Gallery), Seoul.
OLYMPIAD OF ART: The International Contemporary Painting Exhibition (Sponsored by Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee, Organized by The National Museum of Contemporary Art), Seoul.
Modernism in the Korean Contemporary Art :1970-1979 (Hyundai Department Store Gallery), Seoul.
The Exhibition of Korean Modern Painting in the 70's(Walker Hill Art Center), Seoul.
4 Korean Painter(Tokyo Gallery), Tokyo.
ART LA '87 : The 2nd International Contemporary Art Fair (Jean Art Gallery),Los Angeles Convention Center, LA.
BLACK & WHITE in Korea Art today(The National Museum of Contemporary Art), Seoul.
The 3rd TOYAMA NOW '87-New Art Around the Pacific-(The Museum of Modern Art Toyama) Toyama Japan.
BLACK & WHITE in Art Today(The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama), Japan.
Korean Art Today(The National Museum of Contemporary Art), Seoul.
Modern Korean Art Festival '86(Seoul Asian Games Organizing committee), Seoul.
'86 Seoul Contemporary Asian Art Show (Sponsored by Seoul Asian Games Organizing Committee, Organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art), Seoul.
Expositon SEOUL-PARIS(Seoul Press Center Gallery & Centre National des Arts Plastiques), Seoul &Paris.
Human Documents '84/'85(Tokyo Gallery), Tokyo.
Contemporary Korean Paper Art(Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University), U.S.A.
Minimal& Maximal(Hu Gallery, Jeon Gallery), Seoul.
70 Years of Korean Western Painting(Ho-Am Art Gallery), Seoul.
Modern Art from the Past, 40 Years "for Commemoration of Korean Independence Day of Korea"
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul.
Korea Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition "The Stream of the '70s"(Taipei Fine Art Museum), Taipei.
Korean Contemporary Art of the 60's "The outskirts of Informel"(Walker Hill Art Center), Seoul.
The Exhibition of White Painting(Cultural Center of France in Seoul), Seoul.
ART TODAY-The Collection of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo.
FIAC '84(Jean Art Gallery), (Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais), Paris.
Korean Contemporary Art of the 60's "Paris Biennial"(Duson Gallery), Seoul.
New Paper Works : "Korea & Japan"(The National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Seoul & Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art & Museum of Modern Art, Saitama&Kumamoto Museum), Seoul&Japan.
Korean Contemporary Arts Exhibition "The Latter half of the 70's: An Aspect"
Tokyo, Tojiki, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Japan.
Korea : New Paper Work(Spring Gallery), Taipei.
Korean Drawing Now(The Brooklyn Museum), New York.
Exhibition Marking the Fukuoka Art Museum's First Anniversary, Asian Artists Exhibition PartⅡ, "Festival: Contemporary Asian Art Show" (Fukuoka Art Museum), Fukuoka.
Korean Contemporary Art: Unique Methods of Exhibit by Four Artists (Hyundai Gallery), Seoul.
Korean Arts : Methods of Today(Fine Art Center Gallery), Seoul.
Korea : The Trend for the past 20 Years of Contemporary Arts (The National Museum of Contemporary Art), Seoul.
Secondes Rencontres Internationles d'Art Contemporian (Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais), Paris.
The 1st & 8th Cagnes International Painting Festival, Cagnes-Sur-Mer France.
Exhibition of 6 Korean Contemporary Artists (Muramatsu Gallery), Tokyo.
Korea : Facet of Contemporary Art(Tokyo Central Museum of Art), Tokyo.
Korean Contemporary Painting(National Museum of History), Taipei.
Korea : 6 Contemporary Artists Exhibition (Galerie Beaux-Art), Nagoya Japan.
Korea : Five Artists Five Hinsek(White) (Tokyo Gallery), Tokyo.
The 8th & 13rd Biennale de S?o Paulo, Brazil.
Exhibition of Korean Contemporary Art 1957-1972, Abstraction = Situation (Myong-Dong, Gallery), Seoul.
Exhibition of 100 Modern Painting(The National Museum of Contemporary Art), Seoul.
Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Paris France & West Germany.
Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition, India, Afganistan, Nepal.
Special Exhibition of "EXPO'70" Korean Pavillion,Osaka.
Invitational Exhibition of "Korean Contemporary Artists"(Held by Cho-Sun Daily News), Seoul.
Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition(Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art), Tokyo.
Special Exhibition of "EXPO'67" Korean Pavillion, Canada.
The Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Artists from Six Countries of for East (Messiah Department Store),
New York.
Cultural Freedom Contemporary Art Exhibition(Held by the Congress for Cultural Freedom, Korea), Seoul.
The 3rd Biennal de Paris, Paris.
4 Young Korean Artists Exhibition(Galerie Lambert),Paris.
The Actuel Exhibition, Seoul.
The First Saigon International Bienna1 Exhibition, Saigon Vietnam.
Jeunes Peintres du Monde a Paris(Held by National Committee of I.A.A France), Paris.
The Hyun-Dae (Contemporary)Exhibition, Held by Artists Association, Seoul.
The Korean Contemporary Artists Exhibition(World House Gallery), New York.



PARK, SEO-BO Today Playing with Color, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan
KIAF 2007, Gallery Samtuh, COEX/ Indian Hall, Seoul
CIGE 2007, Gallery Samtuh, China World Trade Center, Beijing
Cabinet des Dessins, Musee De art Moderne, Saint-Etienne Metrople, Saint-Etienne
KIAF 2006, Gallery Samtuh,Coex/ Indian Hall, Seoul
Jo Hyun Gallery,Busan
CIGE 2006, Gallery Samtuh, China World Trade Center, Beijing
Gallelry Samtuh, Seoul
China International Gallery Exposition 2005, Gallery
Samtuh, China World Trade Center, Beijing
Gallery Que Sais Je, Seoul
Seoul Art Fair 2004, Gallery Samtuh, Seoul Art Center, Seoul
10th MANIF Seoul 2004(Manifestation D'Art Nouveau International et Forum), Seoul Art Center, Seoul
China International Gallery Exposition 2004, Gallery Samtuh, China International
Science and Technology Exposition Center, Beijing
9th MANIF Seoul 2003, Seoul Art Center, Seoul
Ci-Gong Gallery, Daegu
Ace Gallery Los Angleles, LA
Jo Hyun Gallery, Busan
Melbourne Art Fair 2002, Gallery Samtuh, Melbourne
Gallery Sejul, Seoul
Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul
Remba Gallery, LA
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo.
Special Invited Exhibition : MANIF 6! 2000, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul.
Gallery Shilla, Taegu.
Ci-Gong Gallery, Taegu.
Jo Hyun Gallery, Pusan.
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo.
Ace Gallery Los Angeles, LA.
Remba Gallery, LA.
Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul.
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.
Ci-Gong Gallery, Taegu.
ASEL ART FAIR(Park Ryu Sook Gallery), Messe Basel, Basel.
FIAC '96(Jo Hyun Gallery) Espace Eiffel Branly, Paris.
Jo Hyun Gallery, Pusan.
Ci-Gong Gallery, Taegu.
Gallerie Bhak, Seoul.
Remba Gallery, LA.
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo.
ART LA 93. The 8th International Contemporary Art Fair,
Los Angeles Convention Center(Gallery World), LA.
NICAF YOKOHAMA '93(Sun Gallery), Yokohama.
'PARK, SEO-BO's Painting: Its Forty Years', The National Museum of
Contemporary Art,Seoul.
Duson Gallery, Seoul.
Gallery World, Pusan.
Gallery Kongkan, Pusan.
ART LA 89: The 4th International Contemporary Art Fair,
Los Angeles Convention Center (Jean Art Gallery), LA.
Hyundai Gallry, Seoul.
Inkong, Gallery, Seoul.
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo.
Ina Gallery, Tokyo.
Space Gallery, Seoul.
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul.
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo.
Tong-In Gallery, Seoul.
Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo.
Myongdong Gallery, Seoul.
Seoul Gallery, Seoul.
National Central Library Gallery, Seoul.

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