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Sunyoung Lee

  • 1337 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
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About The Artist

Artist Statement

Art alone cannot change the world, but it can change how people view the world. It is in this context that I think that my work can promote healing across the divide created by walls and ideologies. My goal as an artist is that my work communicates with the beautiful and sincere mind of every human being beyond spoken languages. Together, humanity will gather and crawl through the wall between you and me, country and country. My main symbols, windows and letters represent reconciliation, and universal language, and humanity. Painting is a starting point with infinite possibilities that can extend to the external world; hence, I would say painting is an infinite window.

Themes about humanity seem to be romantic, timeless, age-old relics. Post-modern art, arousing and instant, connects one with these themes. The zeitgeist yearns for a Renaissance. My work is a Re-Renaissance that is needed especially for post-modern people who crave humanity.


Currently based in Berkeley, CA, Lee was born in Korea. Lee has developed her cross-media, genre-crossing approaches with various visual forms of language. She received her B.A. in English Literature. Turning to the more visual forms of language, Lee then studied painting and architecture. Her accomplishments include multiple exhibitions in New York, Michigan, California, and Korea. Lectures in Asian art history and studio classes in CA, NY, TX round out her activities.


Lee has developed a radical artistic language based on literature and Eastern Philosophy. Healing, reconciliation, and universal humanity are central to her artistic identity.  The personal emotion and experiences aroused by her abstract style are part of a broader social context and beyond the border.

Through synthesizing different disciplines, she coveys the idea of the coexistence of different cultures and shows how art can reconcile the split of people and various life values.

Art Medium(s)

Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint, Drawing, Digital Art, Mixed Media

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Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions


Migration 2021, Gallerium Art Exhibitions, Online exhibition


The Route Towards Equity, Juried by Ix-Nic Iruegas, The Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland

Off the Wall, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts Traveling The World, Juried by Jason Brown, The In Art Gallery, Online exhibition (Honorable Mention)

Members’ Holiday Exhibit, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, California

Over the Structure, CICA Museum, Gimpo, Korea

Painterly, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, California


Transformations, Howard Country Art Council, Ellicott City, Maryland


Four Different Cultural Landscapes, Proxy Gallery, Los Angeles. California Hide in Plain Sight, ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Letters, Bibilio Gallery, Syracuse, New York


Drawing Exhibition juried by Dr. Stephanie Schrader, Curator of Drawings,

J. Paul Getty Museum, Gallery Do Arte, Los Angeles, California Look Through Paintings, Art Prize, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Abstract Exhibition, H Gallery, Ventura, California Art For Living Space, CICA Museum, Gimpo, Korea

WET PAINT, exhibit juried by Harry Cooper, Curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia

1st New York Art & Design Exhibition, New York City, New York

Obscurus, Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse, New York


Fair Exchange, Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, England


Ten Point Print Making Show, Syracuse, New York 

Wall Exhibition, School of Art, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York Korea Taiwan Bosnia, Spark Gallery, Syracuse, New York We are nervous, Spark Galley, Syracuse, New York
Collection of School of Art, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New YorkContemporary Ceramic Show, Edgewood Gallery, Syracuse, New York


Graduate Exhibition, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea


Meet Art at Court, 1st Seoul Central District Court Arts Festival 2013, Seoul Central District Court, Seoul, Korea 



2022 (In Progress) Four-Dimensional Theatrical Stage: Painting Becomes an Architecture for Viewers’ Multi-sensorial Narrative Experiences, University of California, Berkeley, United States

Advisor: Greg Castillo, Luisa Caldas

2018 This is Not a Painting: Post Modernism and Painting: For the Humanity, Syracuse University, New York, United States
Advisor: Tom Sherman

2007 Tragic Heroes in Shakespeare’s Play, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea 



2021 2021-22 Max Thelen Award
The Max Thelen Studio Residency Artist Fellowship, San Rafael, California

2018 Studio Residency Artist Fellowship
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

2017 1st Drawing Competition, Bronze Prize
Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California

2016 George Vander Sluis Painting Award, New York

2016 Creative Opportunity Grant, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, New York

2012 Research Fellowship, Comparative Study Art & Architecture in Spain, Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea 


2022 The Book of Arts: Migration, Canada2021 2021-22 Max Thelen Award Recipient, Art Works Downtown Newsletter, Aug,2021


Road to the Arts events in Howard County paved with fascination, Review, By MIKE GIULIANO, Capitalgazette, Maryland News, SEP 13, 2019

Howard County’s Annual ROAD TO THE ARTS Returns, bww news, Aug 19, 2019 Transformations,

2018 Meara Mosny, Review, library news, March 14, 2018

Four Different Cultural Landscape. KoreaDaily Newspaper, CA, United States Studio Visit Magazine volumes 41 & 42, United States

2017 Three Artists from Korea, Japan, Poland, Korea Times, CA, United States & Korea Beyond Academism, KoreaDaily, Los Angeles, CA, United States & Korea

Drawing Competition Winer, KoreaDaily Newspaper, CA, United States.,Oct 28, 2017

Random Lengths News: San Pedro, CA, United States

Fashion in Art, Zipped Magazine, New York, United States

Jisun Kim, K-RADIO NEWS, CA, United States, April 27, 2017

New York Art & Design Exhibition, New York Daily Newspaper, NY. April 26, 2017

Jooyoung Hwang, Pi exhibition, Jungang Newspaper, New York press, April 14, 2017

2016 Baylee Wright, Review, Leeds College in United Kingdom exhibit, December 1, 2016

Jack honeysett, Review, We’re Nervous, March 17 ,2016
Law Meets with Art: A Rule Can be Bent, DongA Newspaper, Korea 

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