afterimage 08-282 (Sedia da meditazione) 98×163×55cm fibra di carbonio, vetroresina, vinilestere, balsa, granito nero, acciaio inossidabile 2008
Choi is a pioneer of art furniture in Korea. Blurring the line between sculpture and design, his art brings out the peace within. He has gained international recognition through traditional Korean aesthetics, constructing a unique structural language that combines meditation and the natural world.
His masterpiece, Afterimage series, invites the viewers to the world of quiet self reflection through elegant curves and minimalist structure. Deep in Choi’s work lies the philosophy of Korean Zen Buddhism which emphasizes the peace within, and of Neo-Confucianist aesthetics that emphasizes pragmatism and being in harmony with nature. Afterimage captures in furniture the imperturbable calm, natural beauty and immutability. The viewers will re- member it through its subtle, yet lingering imagery.
Born in Gangwon-do, 1952. Lives in Seoul. He got his BFA in Applied Arts and MFA in Furniture Design from Hongik University. He is a professor in the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University. His works have been collected by numerous museums such as Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, and Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul.
His solo exhibitions include Choi Byunghoon Art Furniture (Galerie Downtown François Laffanour, Paris, 2016), Choi Byunghoon Art Furniture (Design Miami/Basel, Basel, 2015), Choi Byunghoon Art Furniture (Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, 2014), and Choi Byunghoon Clay and Stone (Yido Gallery, Seoul, 2012). His group exhibitions include Design Saint-Etienne (Cité du design, Saint-Etienne, 2015), PAD London (Berkeley Square, London, 2014), Korean Beauty: The Two Natures (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, 2014), and Vanities, Art of the Dressing Table (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2013).