Bang Hai Ja
(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; for her 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

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