Ho-Yoon Shin

Artist  Story
Born in 1975, Ho Yoon Shin graduated from Chosun University in 2001. His awe-inspiring works has won him multiple awards in Korea and has been shown Japan,  China,  Hong Kong,  Singapore,  Germany,  Bulgaria and USA.


“I am interested in social phenomena and approached the essence of it. I realised that the closer I approached it, I realised there is no essence. I think it is already intrinsic in me or you, being judged and evaluated by the inherent values in our things. Therefore, if examined in that viewpoint, I begin to understand why the power group of Korea has wanted to spilt all kinds of social systems, – the right and the left, social classes divided on its economic structure, dominance and subordination etc.” said Shin


Painstaking crafted by Shin, these intricate artworks are inspired by not just fundamental social and political conditions in Korea and the world today but also Buddhism’s philosophy of emptiness.


“Looking at a solid body made up through several layers…, we get to know that the system of the body is organised rather dangerously than strangely, and the system looks like the contemporary society. And its vacant surface and inside are getting filled with our inherent images to completion. In the end, it’s a story about the situation and a point where we fill a surface that doesn’t exist… and console and satisfy ourselves.”


Shin hand cuts each layer of the sculpture and coat them urethane that protects and preserves the high-fibre paper. Each layer is then carefully put together with coated paper joints that lend strength and stability to the artwork.



2000 - 4th  medal  in  Dam-yang  Bamboo  Model  Competition
2001 - Silver  medal  in  Sul-ak  Snow  Sculpture  Exhibition
2002 - Gold  medal  in  Tae-baek  International  Snow  Sculpture  Exhibition
2002 - Special  price  in  Busan  Biennale  in  See  Art  Festival
2006 - ‘Hot rapport!’  at  Gwang-ju  Biennale  Site  3
2011 - Silver  Medal  of  Republic  of  Korea  Paper  Art  Contest
2011 - 11th  Ha  Jung  Woong  Young  Artist  Invitation

Solo  Exhibition

2005 - ‘Secret  factory’  Vol.01,  Gwangju,  Korea
2007 - Strange  Flowers,  Secret  Factory  Vol.02,  Gwangju,  Korea
2011 - 3rd Solo  exhibition  ‘There  is  No  Essence’,  Gwangju,  Korea
2012 - Solo  Exhibition  ‘Island’,  798,  Beijing,  China
2013 - ‘There  is  No  Essence’  Artery,  Bangkok,  Thailand  Group  Exhibition
2000 - 2000  ARTFACTORY,  Seoul,  Korea
2001 - 3rd Alternative  Space  Exhibition  of  Group  Fusion  Center,  Gwangju,  Korea
2002 - Busan  Beach  Biennale,  Busan,  Korea
2003 - 5rd Alternative  Space  Exhibition  of  Group  Fusion  in  library,  Gwangju Korea
2004 - 1st International  Art  Book  Fair  at  COEX.  Seoul
2004 - Open  studio  in  Gwangju  City  Museum  of  Art  Studio  for  creative  activity,  Korea
2004 - Exhibited  at  Gwangju  Biennale  site  3,  Gwangju,  Korea
2005 - Vol.3  exhibition  at  Gwangju  City  Museum  of  Art,  Korea
2005 - Exhibited  at  Frankfurt  Book  exhibition,  Germany
2005 - Exhibited  at  Nam-bu  Modern  Art  Festival,  Gwangju,  Korea
2006 - ‘Hot  rapport!’,  Gwangju  Biennale  Site  3,  Gwangju  city  Museum  of  Art,  Korea
2008 - Exhibited  at  Funstuz:  Art  and  Play,  Hangaram  Museum  of  Art,  Seoul,  Korea
2008 - Exhibited  at  Delightful  Zip,  Chang Chon,  Gwangju Biennale,  Korea
2009 - Exhibited  at  Blue  Dot  Asia  2009  at  Hangaram  Museum  of  Art,  Seoul,  Korea
2010 - Emerging Asian Artists at Gwangju Biennale, Korea
2010 - Artfair21  at  Staatenhaus  Am  Rheinpark,  Cologne,  Germany
2011 - 1st  Sofia  International  Paper  Art  Biennial  at  National  Art  Gallery & Alley  Art  Gallery,  Sofia,  Bulgaria
2011 - Ha  Jung  Woong  Young  Artist  Invitation  at  Gwangju  Museum  of  Art,  Korea
2011 - ‘Luggage-2nd Bangkok-Asia Young Artist Festival’,  Artery,  Bangkok,  Thailand
2012 - Mudeung Tales,  Today  Art  Museum,  Beijing,  China
2012 - Korean  Zone,  ARTMIA,  Beijing,  China
2012 - Exhibition  of  Famous  Artists,  Macau,  China
2012 - Mudeung  Tales,  Henan  Museum,  Zhengzhou,  China
2012 - Media  Variegations,  AAW,  798,  Beijing,  China
2013 - All  about  Korea,  White  Box,  Munich,  Germany
2013 - Korean  Contemporary,  Schultz  Gallery,  Berlin,  Germany
2013 - Art Nova 100,  798 Space,  Beijing,  China
2013 - Kobe  Biennale,  Meriken Park,  Kobe,  Japan
2013 - HFAF.  George  R.  Brown  Convention  Center,  Houston,  USA
2013 - AAF  2013,  Pit  Building,  Singapore
2013 - Art  Nova  100,  Shanghai  1929  Artspace,  Shanghai,  China
2013 - Art Nova 100,  Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center,  Shenzhen,  China
2014 - The  Essence  of  ‘i’,  LWH  Gallery,  Shanghai