Bang Hai Ja
(born in 1937, Seoul, Korea)

Bang Hai Ja lives and works both in Paris and in Seoul. She has lived in France since 1961 and she is a part of the first generation of Korean abstract painters. She finds her roots outside her country and uses them in her work. East and West are linked in the use of materials she works with : Korean traditional paper, ochre soil of Provence, natural pigments. Bang Hai Ja tries to capture the luminous energy of the cosmos " the energy that comes from the act of painting is a true force that gives the strength to the soul of the one who is looking at a painting."

Bang Hai Ja received the award of sacred art at the Monte-Carlo International Grand Prix Exhibition, Monaco. She was awarded with the medal  for arts in the city Montrouge, Grand Prix of foreign artists of Korea, and received the Order of Arts and Letters by the Korean President in October 2010. In 2012, she received the France-Korea Cultural Award and the Excellency Award for culture and arts by the International Foundation of Korean women (KoWinner) in Romania. In 2015-2016 her works were exhibited in the Cernuschi Museum during the exhibition Seoul Paris Seoul, in connection with the year of Korea in France.

"I would like that through these pigments, the matter becomes light, that it transfers energy to the viewer, gives him an internal smile". Even though she is always fascinated by the new tendencies of the Western contemporary art, Bang Hai Ja has never stopped looking for her light, with a traditional and virtuoso savoir-faire or with the use of the famous Korean paper and the great mastery of calligraphy. On the one hand, with her art Bang Hai Ja is approaching deep spirituality of Buddhists monasteries, and on the other hand - the art of fresco, of stained glass or also of the icons or poetry.


Exhibitions selected

Solo exhibitions

2019 - Et la matière devint lumière, musée Cernuschi, Paris, France

2018 - Chant de lumière, Korean Cultural Center, Ottawa, Canada

2015 - Rétrospective Bang Hai Ja, Galerie Françoise Livinec,  Paris

2014 - Danse de lumière, Korean Cultural Center, Bussels

2010 - Chant de Lumière, Galerie J Bastien ART, Bruxelles, Belgique

2009 - Exposition personnelle, Musée Gyeomjae Jeongseon, Séoul, Corée

Group exhibitions

2017 - Art Basel - YIA, Bâle

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles, Huelgoat

2017 - Art Paris Art Fair, Paris

2016 - Rythmes, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris

2016 - Art Elysées, Paris

2016 - Gwangju International Art Fair, Gwangju

2016 - 100 ans de stèles, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris

2016 - L'attrape-Feu, l'art réenchante le monde, École des filles, Huelgoat

2016 - Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris

2015 - Lumière du Monde, Musée du vitail, Chartres

2015 - Seoul Paris Seoul - Musée Cernuschi, Paris

2015 - Art Élysées 2015, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris

2015 - Briser le toit de la maison - Le sacré dans l'art, École des filles, Huelgoat

2015 - Constellations, Galerie Françoise Livinec, avenue Matignon, Paris

2015 - Constellations, Centre Culturel Coréen, Paris, France

2015 - Peintres Coréens, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France

2015 - Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris, France

2014 - Danse de lumière, Centre Culturel Coréan à Budapest et à Bruxelles, Hongrie et Belgique

2013 -  Chemin de Lumière , Musée Chintreuil, Pont de Vaux, France

2012 - Lumière du Coeur, Château de Vogué, France

2009 - L'art poétique des couleur-Lumière du coeur, Musée Young-Eun, Kyunggido et Musée Gyeomjae Jeongseon, Séoul


Musée Cernuschi, Paris

Centre de recherche du Nouveau Monde, Séoul

Musée National d'Art moderne de Séoul, Séoul

Seoul Museum of Art, Séoul

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Séoul

Musée de la province de Jeonbuk, Wanju (Corée du Sud)