Kim Tae-Ho
(born in 1948, Seoul, Korea)

Kim Tae Ho was born in Busan in the Republic of Korea, where he lived  until middle school, after which he moved to Seoul to attend the Seoul Arts High School. He then went to Hongik University to study painting and he also obtained a Master's Degree at the same university. In 1982 he was awarded with the Grand Prize at the Gonggan Print-Making Competition.

Kim Tae Ho first presented his series on "Form" in 1977 through his first solo exhibition focusing on "figurative paintings hidden under the horizon". Most of the work from this period was done using the spraying method and the inspiration came from shutters cove- ring bank buildings. Behind the thick shutters - a symbol for strong will of resistance - a trapped figure is depicted and it is significant for mal-communication as well as isolation of people living in contemporary times. Yet gradual transformation is also evident as intended and often geometric lines disappear only to leave traces of form and phenomena. Furthermore the artist moved away from one material to another to express on Korean hanji paper. Here he expresses his creative actions simultaneously as introducing his series on "Internal Rhythm".

In 1984 he received the third Journalists Art Prize and with this, his art expanded worldwide. He participated in numerous exhibitions both in Korea and abroad. Thanks to these projects, his name became known and in 1987 he was given the post of Professor at the Department of Painting in Hongik University.

From 1995, the artist piled layers of paint in the "Innate Rhythm" series as a means to express traces of his actions. The painting is put, scratched and then the process is repeated. The traces create the finale expression of the innate rhythms. Small grids are stained on the canvas similar to graph paper and the painting is put on the layers. Once the painting is almost dry, a special knife is used to cut it horizontally and vertically. It is a process of revelation of the layers, painted on the grid. Kim Tae Ho created a new method of exploitation of the spatial structures. The "Innate Rhythm" series gathers free and versatile voices into one to introduce a new dynamic discipline. If the canvas is symbolic for the cosmos or the universe, the artist invents a method that leads to the subjective interpretation of space.

Kim Tae-Ho belongs to the first generation of the Korean monochrome movement called Dansaekhwa, alongside with Ha Chong-Hyun, Chung Sang-Hwa, Lee Ufan and Park Seobo.

Exhibitions selected

 Solo Exhibitions

2021 -  Equilibrium Shifts, solo exhibition, Hong Kong


2018–19 - Kim Tae Ho: The Aesthetics of Lining, Metaphysical Art Galleries, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 - LA Art Show (presented by SM Fine Art Gallery), LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA


2018 - Ashlin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017 - Transitions, MIZUMA Gallery, Singapore
2016 - Internal Rhythm, Gallery Date, Busan, Korea

2015 - Operating space structure, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Corée
1977-2014 - 30 times, Corée, Japon, U.S.A, Allemagne
2007 - Sung Kok Museum, Séoul, Corée

Groupe exhibitions

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles, Huelgoat
2017 - Art Paris Art Fair, Paris
2016 - Rythmes, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris
2016 - Art Élysées, Paris
2016 - 100 ans de stèles, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris, France
2016 - L'attrape-Feu, l'art réenchante le monde, Ecole des filles, Huelgoat, France
2016 - Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris, France
2014 - Korea Internation Art Fair KIAF, COEX Hall B:, Séoul, Corée
2012 - Monotone painting of Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Séoul, Corée
2010 - Korea International Art Fair 2010, COEX, Séoul, Corée
2008 - Art in Busan 2008, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Corée
2006 - The 21th Asian International Art Exhibition, Singapore Museum, Singapore
2005 - Chicago Art Fair 2005, Chicago, U.S.A
2002 - The Understanding of Abstract Painting, Sung Kok Museum, Séoul, Corée
1987/96 - Seoul Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Séoul, Corée
1986 - Korean Modern Art Exhibition : It's Yesterday and Today, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Séoul, Corée
1974 - The 1st Seoul Biennale, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Séoul, Corée


National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The British Museum, London, England
Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Busan Municipal Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Yonsei University Museum, Seoul, Korea
Walker Hill Museum, Seoul, Korea
Total Museum, Seoul, Korea
Simonoseki Museum, Simonoseki, Japan
Ho-Am Art Museum, Yongin, Korea
Hongik University Museum, Seoul, Korea
Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea
Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
Museum SAN, Kangwondo, Korea