Han Soonja

1952 · Republic of Korea

Artist biography

Han Soonja is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the Republic of Korea, like other famous artists such as Kim Keun-Tai, Choi Byung-So, Jennie Jieun Lee, Choi Jun Kun, and Younghee Hong. Han Soonja was born in 1952.

Han Soonja's Gallery representation

Han Soonja is represented and exhibited by Galleria Il Ponte in Florence, Italy.

Further Biographical Context for Han Soonja

Han Soonja was born in 1952 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. International movements gained prominence included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed momentous commercial and critical success. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.

Han Soonja

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