U-Ram Choe was born in 1970 in Seoul, Korea, where he still lives and works. He received a BFA and MFA from Chung-Ang University in Seoul. His work has been exhibited at various international venues including the Asia Society Museum, N.Y. (2011); The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (2010); Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Liverpool (2008); Asia Triennial, Manchester (2008); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2006); Shanghai Biennial (2006); Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2004); Busan Biennial, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea(2004); Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italia(2004); and Seoul Museum of Art(1888).
The artist U-Ram Choe believes that everything with life has movement. By adopting movement as a vital component in his work, the artist gives birth to new mechanic creatures. As all living organisms are, the mechanic creatures are entrapped in past, Present, and future. Feeding off of human insolence and desires, these creatures propagate through an autogenetic process in their own secret environment.
The artist names each with a term he has generated by combining the names derived from plants, animals, machineries, or materials that closely resemble the hybrid creature alone with the name of the “discoverer” - the artist himself.
The narrative component in his work persisted since the very beginning of his oeuvre. With Ultima Mudfox(2002), U-Ram began to deliberately bring out the history and tales of his creations. U-Ram’s narrative power breathes life into these otherwise solid masses, which now coexist with humans in a new time and space through his imaginative power.
Dooeun Choi, independent curator
- Official website - Portfolio of Choe U-Ram artworks