Choong Yeul Yoo

Born in: 1960,  Republic of Korea
Lives in: Gwangju City, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea
Education: 1981 Graduated from Seongnam Commercial High School
Describe your art in 3 words: Life, Dream, World
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Dragon Goddess - Oil on canvas 53 x 51.5 cm

Yoo Choong Yeul was born July 23rd 1960 in the Kyung-Gi Province Kwang Ju City. He entered art in 1981 and for 40 years he has been recognized as one of the top Korean painters. His work is mostly based on realism and best known for classic portraits.

What is the theme of this painting?
Dragon Goddess: A nude painting that expresses the beautiful curves of a woman's body and the mysterious feeling of a dragon.
Describe your creative process.
New works are initiated by spells or creativity. The production process is produced by oil painting on canvas, and the production period proceeds slowly without rushing. It took about 1 year to make. The date of completion is written on the back of the canvas with a signature on the painting.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Inspiration is mainly found in my own heart. Art is my whole life. I can't talk about my life without art.
What are your goals and plans as an artist in 2023?
Hosting and promoting international exhibitions for new creations and international artists.
How do recent advancements in technology affect your art practice? How may recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (image generator software) affect the definition of fine art?
Recent computer technology affects me, such as computer photo editors and Facebook. I have no influence on the production process of the painting because I create it with my own inspiration. The latest technology has absolutely no impact on the way I do my art.
What is the role of the artist today?
Good art is true art that has overcome trials! A great work of art is a work that can sympathize with the hearts of men and women of all ages, including all the joys and sorrows of life.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
In the era of material omnipotence, human happiness is not all about material things, and the role of art is pursued for spiritual enrichment and true human happiness.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist

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