Artist: Youjin Yi
The multifaceted artistic language of Korean-born artist Youjin Yi unfolds in painting, drawing, and prints. In 2019 she also developed the new groups of works of the “Polymer Sculptures” and “Polymer Panels”, thus expanding her technical repertoire with two new possibilities for expression.
Youjin Yi is aware of the aesthetic tradition that nurtures her picture compositions. Raised in Gangneung, South Korea, she first studied at Sejong University in Seoul. After traveling in Europe, she decided to study with Günther Förg at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, graduating from there as a master student (2004-2011). To supplement her education, she became a guest student with Leiko Ikemura at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (2008). It was during this time that she found her way back to an East-Asian understanding of painting. As with the work of her professor, the dualism between the Asian and the Western world has solidified into an essential component of Youjin Yi’s art – and the artistic practice has become a grappling with her own identity.