Yun-Hee Toh’s interests and investigation in “unfamiliar fragments of life” and “the unrevealed part of the phenomena” have been a constant in her oeuvre for over 30 years. Her work has been connected to intrinsic qualities of individuals in their everyday lives and her paintings are more relative to private confessions of the human existence. The new paintings introduced in 2015 are also in the similar vein of context. Though an oxymoron―the colors and forms emerging after the light vanishes―are the fragments of our daily lives and the other side of the world that we all notice. Toh’s paintings posit indirect yet clear questions in regard to these matters.
Born in Seoul in 1961, Yun-Hee Toh received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. as a Western Painting major at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. Prior to studying as a vising scholar at University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, USA, she had a course of research in Printmaking at Sungshin Women’s University. After her first solor exhibition in 1985, Toh has consistently endeavored to produce paintings and held following solo exhibitions in Galerie Beyeler (Basel, Switzerland), GALLERY HYUNDAI (Seoul, Korea), Kumbo Museum (Seoul, Korea), Mongin Art Ceter (Seoul, Korea), Artemesia Gallery (Chicago, USA), and more. She also participated in group exhibitions at distinguished museums in Korea: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Gwacheon, Korea), Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea), Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul, Korea), Total Museum (Seoul, Korea), Whanki Museum (Seoul, Korea), and more. In addition, her works are collected by institutions such as National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, Korea), Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea), World Bank (Washington D.C., USA), Philip Morris Companies Inc. (Richmond, USA), and more. Toh is currently living and working in Seoul, Korea and Berlin, Germany.