Kim Joon

Kim Joon (Seoul, 1966) is a South-Korean artist active in Seoul. His work is the result of a sophisticated knowledge of 3D computer graphics with which the artist reconstructs human bodies or fragments of them, on which he "tattooed" indistinctly traditional decorative motifs of his country as well as logos of luxury brands such as Armani, Lamborghini, Gucci or BMW.

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Kim Joon. Tattoo Dimension

From 07/06/2008 To 31/07/2008
Exhibition's curator Dooeun Choi

Kim Joon was born in 1966 in Seoul, where he still lives and works.

He attended Hongik University, an art school in spite of his father’s disapproval. After a period spent in the army, he became a visual artist.

In the 90s he started to focus on tattoo as backbone theme of his art. At first he used three-dimensional sculpture, then he started using digital technique like the 3D Studio Max software, shifting the tattoos on virtual bodies and considering the computer screen as an extension of the canvas.

The interest for tattoos derives from his mandatory military during which he tattoed his fellow servicemen.

In Kim Joon’s eye tattoos, a practice still illegal in Korea, are a way to express the subconscious. They display in daylight our hidden desires induced by materialism and collective ideologies. In Kim Joon’s opinion our consumerist society makes us want to buy and own things so much that in the end they almost pervade us.

Moreover the artist is fascinated by the duplicity of tattoo, historically they have been used to decorate or to create a sense of inclusivity or, on the other hand, they have also been used as a punishment to mark those who have to be excluded by their peers.

Kim Joon took part to several exhibits all over the world, from New York to Tokyo, from Paris to Hong Kong.

In 2012 Art Radar included him in the list top ten most-searched Asian contemporary artists on the internet.

He also teached at Kongju University, Department of Cartoon and Animation.

Solo exhibitions



Kim Joon, Musee Magnelli, Vallauris, France

Kim Joon Crashing, Waterfall gallery, New York, USA



Kim Joon, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

Somebody, Park Rue, Sook Gallery, Seoul, South Korea



Somebody, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA



Moutai, Space Can, Beijing, China

Island, Gallery Leebae, Busan, South Korea



Blue jean blues, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

Blue jean blues, Art Link, Seoul, South Korea

Fragile, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Fragile, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

Drunken, Artlink Gallery, Seoul, South Korea



Fragile, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

Fragile, Art Link, Seoul, South Korea

Tattoo & taboo, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA



Tattoo & taboo, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

Kim Joon, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA



Bird land, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Kim Joon, Boxart Gallery, Verona, Italy

Duet et Party, Galerie Bertin, Paris, France

Duet et Party, Galerie Bertin, Miami, USA



Stay, Space 355, Tokyo, Japan

Party, Touch Art, Heiri, South Korea



Duet, Canvas International Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Tattoo You, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA



Flesh Park, June & TTL Zone, Seoul, South Korea

Saunabell, Ilju Art Hause, Seoul, South Korea



Make me smile!, Gallery Wooduck, Seoul, South Korea



Fire, Total Museum, Jangheung, South Korea



Hair show, Gallery Sal, Seoul, South Korea



Tattoo in my mind, Keumho Museum, Seoul, South Korea



Tattoo, Segye Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

I love it, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA



I love it!, Insa Gallery, Seoul, South Korea



Group exhibitions



3rd International Digtal Art Biennial, Arsenal Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada



Frontiers Reimagined, Giovanna Damiani, Venice, Italy

My Blue China, Manufacture Bernardaud, Limoges, France

Fermented Souls, Kateshin Gallery, New York, USA

2015 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Incheon, South Korea




Tattoo, Brandts, Denmark

The 3th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

I was, therefore I am, Sydney CBD, Sydney, Australia

Walking on the Runway, Cube Museum, Bundang, South Korea



Inauguration, Opiom Gallery, Cannes, France



Thoughts on Body, Soma Museum, Seoul, South Korea

The Power of Photography, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Media Art 2012, Gwangju, South Korea

Irrepressible, Seoul, South Korea

Contemporary Korean Video Art, Hackney Picturehouse, London, UK

Korean Art since the 1990's, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea



Constrellation, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

Art Miami 2011, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Miami, USA

Paranoid Scene, Interalia, Seoul, South Korea

Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong



Daegu Photo Biennale 2010, Art center, Daegu, South Korea

Indaf2010, Mobile Art, Incheon, South Korea

Everytime When I Look Around, Art Center, Taiwan

30th Anniversary of The Young Korean Artist, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Kuachun, South Korea

Printemps Perfume, Centre des Arts, Paris, France

3D Grand Illusion, Sabina Museum, Seoul, South Korea



Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2009 Korean Contemporary Photo Now, 798space, Beijing, China

The Dream OF Davinch, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, South Korea

Magic of Photography, Museum of Photography, Seoul, South Korea

Come Join Us, Mr.Orwell, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea

Come Join Us, Mr.Orwell, Melbourne, Australia

Here & Now, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

Body speaks, Touch Art Gallery, Heiri, South Korea

Conditions of Being-as of now, Beijing, China

From Younhee Dong, YHD, Seoul, South Korea



Paris-Photo, Keumsan Gallery, Paris, France

Pop&Pop, Seongnam Art Center, Seongnam, South Korea

Scope Basel 08, Sun Contemporary, Basel, Switzerland

Border of Virtuality - Korean and Chinese Media Art Now, Han Ji Yun Contemporary Space, Beijing, China

Art HK08, Keumsan Gallery, Hong Kong, Sun Contemporary, Seoul, South Korea

Being Now, Gallery Soheon, Daegu, South Korea

World-beaters, Gallery Soheon, Daegu, South Korea



Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum, Taiwan

Ocultos, Fundacion Canal, Madrid, Spain

Field of life, California State University, Sacramento, USA

New Asian Waves, Zkm/Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany

Text in body space, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Giant in illusion, Sejong Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Intermediae-Minbak, Matadero Madrid, Spain

Arco 2007, Gallery Hyundai, Spain



Paris Photo 2006, Gallery Hyundai, Paris, France

Made in Korea, Paris, Annecy, France

Hybrid trend-India & Korea, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Art & science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Spotlight 30 women, Paper Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2006 - Asia Art Now, SSamziespace, Seoul, South Korea

Softness, Soma Museum, Seoul, South Korea

ISEA 2006, South Hall, San Jose, USA

Art/37/Basel, Gallery Hyundai, Basel, Switzerland

Contemporary Asian Art, Bonhams, London, UK

KunstRAI/Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Endless Clone, Space Leum, Beijing, China



Winter-fly, Sk T-Tower, Seoul, South Korea

Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

Art Cologne 2005, Cologne, Germany

Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Asia: the place to be?, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany



Inked, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA

Reeling 15 Years, Savina Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Out of Window, Jip Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Senef 2004 Online Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea

Minority, Kwangju Biennial, Kwangju, South Korea



Resfest Digital Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea

Korean Tattoo Shop, Artinus, Seoul, South Korea

Korean Video Art Today, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA

Exhibition of the artists of Seoul in France, Artitude Galleries, Paris, France

Out of Window, Tokyo, Japan



Scar, Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea



Body as Text, Keumho Museum, Seoul, South Korea



Young Venture, National Museum, Kwachun, South Korea

Asia Pacific Triennale, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia

Seoul International Art Fair, KOEX, Seoul, South Korea