Yanghwa (South Korea, 1983) paints the anxiety of living in a frantic city like London. Swimming pools become the only place to rest and be herself, while cranes loom threateningly on the horizon (she had to change studio three times in a year because of real estate developments). Yanghwa works to create artworks that speak directly to the child within us all, invoking nostalgic memories of childhood and comfort. Her watercolor and pencil pieces are a vibrant and colourful exploration of memories and play and have been part of the V&A in London and Seoul Contemporary Art Museum collection. She has recently finished her PhD after two Masters degree in South Korea and London Central Saint Martins. She has also recently been selected as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, with group shows at the Liverpool Biennale and South London Gallery. Yanghwa has been exhibited internationally, most notable at the Saatchi Gallery (winner of Jealous Art Prize 2014) and the RA summer show. 


Selected Exhibitions


The Forest, Joeun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Summer Exhibition, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK

Pick Link, Laheen Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Super_Meta_Post_Borders, oMo art space, Berlin, Germany (curated by Nayun Lee) 


Figurative NOW, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK

A Bright Future is on its Way, (SOLO), House of St. Barnabas, London, UK 

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London, UK 

Jeju Art Festival JemijemiJamJam, Jeju, South Korea

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK 

Inside Job, Tate Modern, London, UK 



Oh, my lovely future, (SOLO), Art 247 Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 

Swimming Pools, Jealous East, London, UK 

Soho house private show, The Hoxton Hotel, Paris, France 

Between You, Me and The Green, Hyangsadang, Jeju, South Korea 

Outsider Art Exhibition, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK 



Safe Zone- nowhere, (SOLO), Openspace Bae, Busan, South Korea

30 ASC 30 Celsius, ASC Gallery, London, UK

PRINTED’16, Mixer Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

FPS Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, UK 



RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

Dartmouth Galleries Week 2015, Brown Hill Arts, Dartmouth, UK

International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Asian Art Fair 2014, Asia House, London, UK

The London Art Fair 2015, Business Design Centre, London, UK 

Jealous Take Over, Cock ‘N’ Bull Gallery, London, UK 



Jealous Prize 2013/2014, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Art 14 London, Olympia Grand, London, UK 



Art Made Exclusively for Children, Little Carousel Gallery, London, UK 

Herbert Smith Freehills & Works in Print Art Prize 2013, Exchange House, London, UK

Sweet ‘art’s Summer Show, Espacio Gallery, London, UK

Plan.Open. Super Scale, Arbeit Gallery, London, UK 






Entrance (入口)展, HanJeon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 

Art Life Project, Uijeongbu Art Centre, Uijeongbu, South Korea

Move.Ment, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China



Another Home, KAIS Gallery, Hong Kong

SSAMZIE ARTMART, Ssamzigil, Seoul, South Korea

Blue Ocean, Gallery Velvet, 175 Gallery, Seoul, South Korea




‘Safe Zone 1’ Art Bank at Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul    

‘A Safe Zone – Nowhere’, Paradise Hotel     

‘A Safe Zone’ screenprint, Victoria & Albert Museum, London    

‘A Fun Fair in the City’ Artefeel    

‘The Village’ Kais Gallery




Bloomberg New Contemporaries



Jealous Gallery Art Prize



Herbert Smith Freehills & Works in Print Art Prize




Professional Doctorate in Fine Art, University of East London, UK


MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, UK


MA Fine art, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea


BA Fine art, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea