Bang Hai Ja
(1937, Seoul, Korea)

Lives and works in Paris and Seoul. Living in France since 1961, Bang Hai Ja is a part of the first generation of Korean abstract painters. She discovers her roots outside her country and uses them in her work. East and West are linked in the use of materials she works on : Korean papers, ochre soil of Provence, natural pigments. Bang Hai Ha tries to capture the luminous energy of the cosmos the energy that comes from the act of painting is a true breath that gives the strength of the soul to the one who is looking.

Bang Hai Ja received the price of sacred art at the Monte-Carlo International Great Price Exhibition, Monaco. She was decorated with the art medal of the city Montrouge, Great Price of overseas painter in Korea, on 5th December 2008, and received the Order of Arts and Letters by the Korean President in October 2010. In 2012, she received the France-Korea Cultural Price and the Excellence Price of culture and arts by the In- ternational Foundation of Korean women (KoWinner) in Romania. Her works were exhibited in 2015-2016 at the Cernuschi Museum for the exhibition Seoul Paris Seoul, in connection with the year of Korea in France.

"I would like that through these pigments, the materiel becomes light, that it provides an energy to the one who is looking, an internal smile". She never stopped looking for light, with a traditional and virtuoso savoir-faire, from the use of the famous Korean paper to the great mastery of calligraphy, while being amazed by the current new approaches in the Western contemporary art. She initiated on one hand to a deep spirituality, in Buddhists monasteries, and on the other hand, to the art of fresco, of stained glass or also to the icon or poetry.

Exhibitions selected

Solo exhibitions

2010 - Chant de Lumière, Gallery J Bastien ART, Bruxelles, Belgium
2009 - Personal exhibition, Museum Gyeomjae Jeongseon, Seoul, Korea

Group exhibitions

2017 - Art Basel - YIA, Basel
2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles-Espace d'art, Huelgoat
2017 - Art Paris Art Fair, Paris
2016 - Rythmes, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2016 - Art Elysées, Paris
2016 - Gwangju International Art Fair, Gwangju
2016 - 100 ans de stèles, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2016 - L'attrape-Feu, l'art réenchante le monde, Ecole des filles, Huelgoat
2016 - Art Paris Art Fair, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2015 - Seoul Paris Seoul - Museum Cernuschi, Paris
2015 - Art Élysées 2015, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2015 - Briser le toit de la maison - Le sacré dans l'art, École des filles, Huelgoat
2015 - Constellations, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2015 - Rétrospective Ban Hai Ja, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2015 - Constellations, Korean Cultural Centre, Paris, France
2015 - Peintres Coréens, Museum Cernuschi, Paris, France
2015 - Art Paris Art Fair, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris, France
2014 - Danse de lumière, Korean Cultural Centre in Budapest and in Bruxelles, Hungary and Belgium
2013 - Rétrospective Chemin de Lumière , Museum Chintreuil, Pont de Vaux, France
2012 - Lumière du Coeur, Vogué Castel, France
2009 - L'art poétique des couleur-Lumière du coeur, Museum Young-Eun, Kyunggido and Museum Gyeomjae Jeongseon, Seoul



Centre of research of the New World, Seoul
National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul
Jeonbuck Museum of Art,  Wanju, South Korea