KwanYoung Kim

Republic of Korea 


Graduate University Hong Ik, Seoul

Graduate Accademia di Belle arti di Brera, Milano

The Memory of

the Unconscious

Kwan-Young Kim's Art

  In the same time and space as us, who live days by gaining memories, there also are people who lose their memories. Even the person who has lost most of what we call memory unconsciously heads to somewhere, eye contact with somebody, and touches something. Watching a dearest person losing memory, artist Kim Kwan Young dreamed of hope of bringing back those memories by giving the shape to pieces of unconsciousness.

  Consciousness and unconsciousness interact with each other and produce numerous pieces of memory that are joined and grouped together, or scattered in smaller pieces to idealize the memory and overlay it with other, or sometimes cover it with opaque shrouds. No one’s memory is perfect. In this age, when even AI(Artificial Intelligence) expands its own memory, such imperfection distinguishes humans from machines and it leaves arts as human territory.

  Kim painted such unconscious actin onto the canvas he faces every day. After hours of considering, one dot is stamped and a huge area is painted in just a few seconds, vortex pilled up by meticulous calculations and one side covers or reveals the other. these unconsciousness codes, which are abstractly translated without the involvement of any specific forms, remind viewers some common emotions and stimulate memories in their respective depths.

  There now is something next to Kim who has been working on a series of tasks over the past years that adds memory at an uncountable rate instead of someone who has been losing his or her memory. These changes in the environment change Kim’s unconsciousness, and such unconsciousness is reflected in both the color and energy of the brush touch of his work.

  For Kim Kwan Young, Painting is the way of finding lost memories in unconsciousness and identifying his other-self. We hope viewers to have some time to recall their lost memories through Kim’s works.



2011 ‘IL GIUSTO MEZZO, Artista in bicicletta’ , FONDAZIONE POMODORO, Milano

2011 ‘Concorso di Aquiloni – BIG SIZE ART’, Milano


Solo Exhibition

2019 Exhibition ‘Linea Verde’, L Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016 Exhibition 'The Memory of the Unconscious', Gallery 1898, Seoul, Korea

2015 Exhibition 'The Memory of the Unconscious', Gallery Grida, Seoul, Korea

2015 Exhibition 'The Memory of the Unconscious', Gallery Puesto, Seoul, Korea

2015 Exhibition 'Artificial Garden', Seojinartspace, Seoul, Korea


Art Fair

2021 One Art Taipei (Taiwan)

2020 Art kaohsiung (Taiwan)

2020 Art Taipei (Taiwan)

2020 Affordable Art Fair Batteresa (UK/London)

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 HK Asia Contemporary Art Show 2019 (HongKong)

2018 Art Expo Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia)

2018 BAMA 2018(Busan Annual Market of Art) (Busan/Korea)

2016 Art Gyeongju 2016 (Gyeongju/Korea)


Group Exhibition

2014 Group Exhibition 'Chromatic Concert', Chiesa di S.Bernardino, Milano

2014 Group Exhibition 'Memoria e Inconscio', Villa vertua masolo, Nova milanese

2014 Group Exhibition 'Emozioni 3+1', Spazio Emmaus, Milano

2013 Group Exhibition 'Via Arte Coreana 2013', milano

2012 Group Exhibition 'La maglia' del Milan, Milano

2012 Group Exhibition 'M.A.D', Milano

2012 Group Exhibition 'Via Arte Coreana 2012', Milano

2012 Group Exhibition 'In-flusso,creatività in movimento', Milano

2011 IL GIUSTO MEZZO. Artista in biciclettà alla


2011 Group Exhibition 'Via Arte Coreana1', Milano

2011 Competition Kites 'BIG SIZE ART', Winner, Milano

2010 Group Exhibition 'Progetto STIRONE', Il Castello di Vigoleno

2009 Oltremare blu', Montecarlo