Cody Choi

1961 · Republic of Korea

Artist biography

Cody Choi is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the Republic of Korea, like other prominent artists such as Yeji Moon, Airan Kang, Cheon Lee, Shoi, and Sky Kim. Cody Choi was born in 1961.

About Cody Choi's work

Cody Choi's work is essentially representative of pop art. Pop art emerged in the 1950s simultaneously across America and Britain, and reached its peak in the 1960s, in a climate of increased consumerism and cultural revolution. Emerging artists felt like they couldn’t get in touch with the current state of art as it was taught or exhibited in museums, which they deemed too distant from their everyday lives. This led them to turn to popular culture as their main subject matter, outraging modernist critics. Among a few of the characteristics enumerated by pop artist Richard Hamilton, Pop Art should aim to be young, glamorous, sexy, witty, low-cost and mass produced. While in the United States pop artists were essentially trying to move away from the deeply personal symbolism of abstract expressionism, in Britain the movement was more focused on the power of American pop-culture imagery, and its influence on the society.

Cody Choi's Gallery representation

Cody Choi is represented and exhibited by Philipp von Rosen Galerie in Cologne, Germany.

Currently, Cody Choi has a total of seven artworks for sale at Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Cody Choi

Born in 1961, Cody Choi's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Cody Choi

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