Born in Busan in 1958, Cho Hwan received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Sejong University, Paintings department, and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Cho pursues the originality through transforming traditional Korean art into contemporary art.
Cho’s work is based on calligraphy, the foundation of Asian art and extends to installations. He does not lean toward conventional ideas or sprits but widens the scope of his work by expanding the characteristics of the substance and technique. Cho repeats the process of cutting and pasting iron plates and builds images. His steel plates are slow and heavy but subtle and inexorable. Cho’s works resemble brushstrokes of calligraphy and are made of assemblage of simplified lines. Cho struggles to reach the essence of art through this.
The works displayed at the exhibition are without any frames, rather exhibited the plate itself in the gallery space. The white walls with the work present the impression of looking at the “blank space” of traditional oriental paintings. The audiences facing the work experience the intimate space that specific shapes of images create.
Cho had his solo exhibition at Hakgojae Gallery in 2014. His works are in major collections that include National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Art Bank), Seoul Museum of Art, Busan Museum of Art, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Leeum-Samsung Museum of Art, Kumho Museum, Korea Arts & Culture Education Service Center, Seoul.