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Hyunmee Lee was born in Seoul, Korea, where she grew up practicing Western Modern art with experience in Eastern painting.
Lee is recognized for her contemporary paintings executed using her unique process of the “meditative gesture.”Influenced by her strong connection to Asian calligraphy and her upbringing in the Taoist, Buddhist and Confucianist traditions, the Korean-born artist draws from a rich artistic and philosophical heritage. Her style is a playful combination of expressionistic abstraction and minimalist conceptualism, which embraces and balances opposing energies (spontaneity and restraint, completion and process) and draws upon diverse cultural influences.
Lee received her BFA in painting from Hongik University, Seoul. She earned MA and MFA degrees from University of Sydney. After returning to South Korea from Sydney, she taught at Hongik University while exhibiting in shows in major art galleries and museums, including the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kong Pyong Art Centers, the MANIF Seoul in the Seoul Art Center and the Sun-Kok Art Museum. In 1997, Lee emigrated to the United States, where she settled in Utah and began teaching painting at Utah Valley University, becoming a tenured professor. In 2009, she retired from teaching to focus on her art career. Lee currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Lee has conducted numerous solo exhibitions across three continents, including in Sydney and Seoul. She has been featured in major solo exhibiti