|구자동 Koo Ja Dong 具滋潼
(b. 1968 ~ born in Daegu, Korea)
Graduated Painting College of Fine Arts Daegu University(BFA), and Graduate School of Saint Petersburg State Academic institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Repin). Solo Exhibition is Gallery Academy in Saint Petersburg, Gallery SOHEON, Korea Representative Painting Festival(Seoul Art Center) in 2000~2006. Group Exhibition and Art fair is Art Singapore 2008, Seoul Art Fair 2004~2009, Seoul Open Art Fair 2007~2009, KIAF 2004~2009 in COEX by Gallery SOHEON and other group shows as Art Star 100 in COEX, Korea Young Artists Biennale in Daegu Culture Arts Center etc. in 2005~9.
Koo Ja-dong is an artist who has made a sudden rise in the figurative art scene. He has already been recognized as an outstanding figurative artist in Korea with his
natural gifts. After completing five years of overseas studies in Russia, the home of realism, Koo has exerted his capabilities to the fullest through his vivid description, stable and harmonious color sensations, and ability to manipulate the canvas. There is something warmhearted that can be sensed in his work. Such warmth stems from the physical conditions such as color and brushwork, but on a more idealistic level, we are unable to exclude some of the typical subjective problems from his work such as interest in and affection for the object. Based on the power of his tremendously thorough description that seems to surpass even photographic representation, Koo’s figure paintings have an exquisite magnetism retaining even the body temperature of the figures. Koo’s work thus demands as a whole a spacious background acting as a space for contemplation. In this space, viewers follow and sympathize with his work and can feel Koo’s painterly maturity. The artist has mastered how to address tones, whether empty or thin, while broadening his pictorial vision. With a standard of excellence higher than anyone else in this description, Koo has made many efforts to disperse the warmhearted sense of humanism.