Hyung Koo Kang

(South Korea 1955.12.04 -)


Kang Hyung Koo is known for his hyper realistic portraits of iconic personalities from history, culture, and politics, such Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Diana. Distinctively larger-than-life, monochromatic and visually imposing, Kang's paintings are composed of large canvases much taller than the artist himself, depicting facial features of his subjects, of which the most striking attribute is the mesmerizing eyes - piercing and delivering the lives of each persona. Creating a dimension of intimacy with otherwise distant figures, his resurrection of their being bestows life to his subject by meticulously positioning each wrinkle, hair, and eyebrow, and hence, misleads the viewer to imagine moments that never existed. Kang's oeuvre comprises composite images, finite details, and even narrative human emotions, approaching the pinnacleof hyperrealism.


1980 Choong-Ang University, Painting, BFA, Seoul, Korea

2020 Eye to Eye, Gallery BK, Seoul, Korea
Look into Kang Hyung Koo, Gallery BK, Seoul, Korea
2019 Intimate Strangers, Arario Museum, Jeju, Korea
2018 CLOSE UP, Choice Art Company, Seoul, Korea
2014 Hyun koo Kang and his Muse, Oh! Marylin, Arario Gallery,Korea
2013 I SEE YOU, Young Eun Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2012 Crossing Gazes, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore ​
2011 Hyung Koo KANG’S Solo Exhibition, SAM, Singapore
2010 Beyond the Blue, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2009 Hyung Koo KANG’S Solo Exhibition, Arario Gallery, NY, USA

2021 APMA, CHAPTER THREE, APMA, Seoul, Korea
2018 Contemporary Art Dictionary 7 Keywords, JMA, Wanju, Korea
2013 Look East!2 : Arian Perspectives, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
Banana and I , Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea
2012 Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
2011 Artists with Arario 2011/Part 1, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Korean Eye:Moon Generation, Saatchi Gallery, London, England

2019 Gallery BK at CONTEXT Art Miami 2019, Gallery BK
2019 Arario Gallery at Korea Galleries Art Fair 2019, Arario Gallery
2018 Arario Gallery at KIAF 2018, Arario Gallery
2017 Arario Gallery at The Armory Show 2017, Arario Gallery
2015 Arario Gallery at West Bund Art & Design 2015, Arario Gallery

Jimmy Carter Center, Atlanta
Gwangju Art Museum, Gwangju
The Republic of Korea National Red Cross, Seoul
The Amore Museum, Yongin
Federation of Korean Trade Union, Seoul
Gamsil Olympic Main Stadium, Seoul
Son Ki-Jeong Memorial Foundation
ARARIO Gallerym Cheonan