Choi Wook-Kyung

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Choi Wook-Kyung
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Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea
Known forAbstract painting
MovementAbstract expressionism

Choi Wook-Kyung (1940-85) was a Korean painter and leading figure in the development of Korean modern art. Interested in art from an early age in a family,[1] was trained at the Seoul Arts High School, graduated from the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University in 1963, and moved to the United States to continue her studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1963 and relocated to the United States in 1966.[2]

After graduating from Cranbrook, Choi became an important figure in Abstract Expressionism. Despite the dominance of male artists, she was widely recognized as an innovative and important artist.

Choi exhibited in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s and became a citizen of the United States but struggled financially. She returned to South Korea in 1979 and became a professor at Yeungnam University and later Duksung Women’s University.

Choi struggled with the limitations of her culture, especially with its reception to her art, partially because it was so different from the dominant Dansaekhwa movement of monochromatic painting. In 1985, Choi took her own life by suicide.

By 2016, Choi's place in Korean art history was being reconsidered, especially on the occasion of a retrospective titled "American Years 1960s–70s" at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Korea that contrasted Choi's Western Expressionism against the coolness and Eastern Zen aesthetic of dansaekhwa.[3] By 2023, Choi's work has received renewed recognition, being included in the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Action, Gesture, Paint Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70[4] and listed as an important but underrecognized member of Abstract Expressionism.[5]


  1. Kim, Sung Won. "Wook-kyung Choi". Archives of Women Artists Research & Exhibitions. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  2. "Wook-kyung Choi Among Artsy's Women Who Shaped Abstract Expression". Cranbrook Academy of Art. March 15, 2023. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  3. Thorne, Harry (September 27, 2016). "Wook-Kyung Choi". Frieze. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  4. "Action, Gesture, Paint Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70". Whitechapel Gallery. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  5. Roberts-Komireddi, Cleo (March 2, 2023). "10 Underrecognized Women Artists Who Shaped Abstract Expressionism Internationally". Retrieved April 30, 2023.

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