Diren Lee

Nationality. Republic of Korea 

Education.  Bachelor of Textile Art, Hongik University 
As a principal designer of JETOY, I've been painting cats called 'CHOO CHOO' which have been loved in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Hongkong for more than 7 years. 



“I dream more vivid dreams than reality, and I remember them all.”

Diren Lee's Art

Is the world I am now looking at real? What did the scene from yesterday’s dream want to say?
What kind of memories or thoughts I had made such an image?
“I dream more vivid dreams than reality, and I remember them all.”
   I analyze stories of unconsciousness through dreams beyond self-consciousness, then express the essence of consciousness on canvas.
  All the characters in my dream are parts of spiritual energy including anima, animus, and complex. The characters are hugging each other, or being expressed as connected creatures. They seem different but have the meaning of ‘one being’ connected to one another.
  My previous works used to concentrate on analyzing inner scars and complex. Those were the times when I looked back on the days and forgave myself for loathing myself. when I couldn’t understand myself, I revealed my inner story by appealing the eyes of the characters and tattoos on the body.
 I try to expose and overcome my inner complex through the interpretation of dreams and unconsciousness. My works refer to the journey of time during which I experience mental trauma resulting from failure or humiliation and overcome emotions that led to anxiety. From this point on, my work begins to show a comfortable looking eyes and soft colors. 
   My works tell the story of overcoming with the sweet and beautiful fruits that we meet only after enduring the time of suffering. This is a new beginning for the work. The pearl is more solid than the fruit and is the next step to the fruits. I chose the pearl as my object in the work because it is a suitable symbol of overcoming and glory created withstanding foreign substances. 
   Beyond the unconsciousness of individuals, there is also a collective unconscious reflecting the current situation.
   The inside of a human being is influenced by the flow of the times. There will be people who share the same kind of trauma. I expressed my desire to convey comfort and warmth to those people by express hugging and making eye contact.


Solo Exhibitions

2019 “Fruit” (L Gallery/Korea)

2018 “On those that disappear” (MIEL Gallery / Korea)

2018 “Disappearing things”(Yeonwoo Gallery/Korea)

2017 "Day Dream" (gallery ARTION/Korea)

2017 "Diren Lee exhibition" (gallery wave/Korea)

2017 "IN LOVE" Gallery (Mei/Korea)

2017 "Friends on Earth" (MIEL/Korea)

2016 "DIREN LEE" (J.Hoon Gallery/Korea)

2015 "Memory" (art space ARTION/Korea)

2014 "Coexistence" (MIEL/Korea)

2014 "DIREN 3’rd EXHIBITION" (Soul ink gallery/Korea)

2013 "DIREN EXHIBITION" (cozy/Korea)

2012 "DIREN’s first exhibition" (go south art space/Korea)


Art Fair

2020 One Art Taipei 2020 (Taiwan)

2019 Affordable Art Fair Singapore (Singapore)

2019 Art Expo Malaysia 2019 (Kuala Lumpr / Malaysia)

2019 BAMA 2019(Busan Annual Market of Art) (Busan/Korea)

2019 Asia Contemporary Art Show (Conrad Hong Kong)

2018 Art Expo Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia)

2016 Art Gyeongju 2016 (Gyeongju/Korea)

2015 Spoon art fair (Gallery sein/Korea)

2015 Art show Busan (Busan BEXCO/Korea)

Group Exhibition

2018 "Gate of stone. Diren Lee &Sung Byung Hee, duet exhibition" (gallery HOARD/Korea)

2018 "ChungDam-dong Zoo 2018" (Gallery Doo/Korea)

2017 "Gallery in Zoo" (Seoul Grand Park/Korea)

2017 "FAUNA:Animal book" (gallery HOARD/Korea)

2017 Duet exhibition "Greeting" (Palais de seoul/Korea)

2017 "LOVE" (Wave Gallery/Korea)

2017 "Gift form an artist ll-" gallery (sein/Korea)

2016  "Joy, Anger, Sorrow and Pleasure" ARTION (gallery/Korea)
2016  "Art Collaboration" (Hall of Assembly/Korea)
2016  "David Bowie" Eugene (Gallery/Korea)
2016  "2016 Artist Accompany for hope" SeoJung Art cetner/Korea)
2016  "Bravo Life" (KOTRA Art collabo exhibition hall/Korea)
2016  "25 promising artists of Korea" (SeoJung Art cetner/Korea)
2016  "Coexistence" (KARA’S GALLERY/Korea)
2016  "6’th Zombie" (Yoojin Gallery/Korea)
2016  "ARTIST ROOM" (Space NAMU/Korea)
2016  "SPORTS ART COLLABO" (KOTRA Art collabo exhibition hall/Korea)
2016  "Spring" (ARTION Gallery/Korea)
2016  "Exchange" (Soul ink Art Gallery/Korea)
2015  "Money" (Haeundae Volkswagen Gallery /Korea)
2015  "Warm exhibition" (Karas gallery/Korea)
2015  "Art Edition Fair" (gallery sein/Korea)
2015  "SsangNyun" (Skunk/Korea)
2015  "EunHye" (Amado Art Space/Korea)
2015  "TOKYO ZOMBIE" (Tokyo Block House/Korea)
2015   Back to the 90’s Jamo book/Korea
2015  " The 3rd Rock star 展" (Mudaeruk/Korea)
2014  “Light” (Jebi flower coffee shop/Korea)
2014  World Vision charity exhibition "I Dream" (Avenuel Art hall/Korea)
2014  "Exchange" (Soul ink Art Gallery/Korea)
2014  " 色, Comfort you" (Busan, Star Jade/Korea)
2014  " beclassy " (El Cantina/Korea)
2014  "MAIFEST Gallery Exhibition the 1st" (MAIFEST/Korea)
2014  "ITaeWon" (Soul ink Art Gallery/Korea)
2014  Duet exhibition "DirenLee&Carmin songsong" (Hyundai0 g Valley Fashion center/Korea)
2014  "Another Farm" (cozy art space/Korea)
2014  "Ladder" (Soul ink Art Gallery/Korea)
2014  "Robot" (HaeIRi Art school/Korea)
2013  "Exchange" (soul ink gallery/Korea)
2013  "Another Farm. WSB Farm exhibition" (cozy gallery/Korea)