Youjin Yi

born 1980 in Gangneung, South Korea, lives and works in Munich

In her multifaceted artistic language, Youjin Yi unites objective references and abstract, painterly structures. Her works depict landscape spaces occupied by persons, animals, objects or hybrids. Seemingly dematerialized they fuse with their environment, emerge or take shape. Yi regards her works as metaphors for unconscious images and manifestations of ideas. Her art is distinguished by the variation of graphic and painterly qualities and the principle of an open coexistence of opposites. The influence of an East Asian understanding of painting flows into the artist’s work in many ways. She developed a special iconography between the poles of imprints and cultures.


Master Student of Günther Förg, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, DE

Universität der Künste Berlin, DE (Leiko Ikemura)

Academy of Fine Arts Munich, DE

Sejong University Seoul, KOR


Solo exhibitions (selection)

Figments, Britta Rettberg, Munich, DE

junction, WOOSON GALLERY, Daegu, KOR
Organic Symmetry, Lemoyne Project Zurich, CH

YI.05, Britta Rettberg, Munich, DE
Hybrid, Artothek und Bildersaal München, Munich, DE

Sehnsucht nach Sehen, Rathaus Pasing, Munich, DE

Unter Bewusstsein, Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich, DE

Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich, DE

Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich, DE

Abstrakt, Galerie Kunsthaus, Starnberg, DE

Group exhibitions (selection)

Summer Show, Britta Rettberg Munich, DE
Summer Group Show, Vazieux Art Gallery Paris, FR
SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN?, Rathausgalerie Kunsthalle, Munich, DE

WIDERSTAND, BLICK FANG, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, DE

Works on paper, Britta Rettberg, Munich, DE

Schiffe setzten über, Galerie der Künstler, BBK, Munich, DE
OCCURENCE-Part 3, Kulturwerkstatt HAUS 10, Munich, DE

After Realism, GiG MUNICH, Galerie im Gartenhaus, Munich, DE

OCCURENCE-Part2, Kösk, Munich, DE

ONGGI – A Space for a Week in Cologne, Tanja Pol Galerie / Studio Wolfgang Burat, Cologne, DE

OCCURENCE-Part1, Färberei, Munich, DE

Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität, Galerie der Künstler, BBK, Munich, DE

My mind keeps wandering – Kunst aus München in Biesenthal, Wehrmühle Biesenthal, Brandenburg, DE

Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität, Galerie der Künstler, BBK, Munich, DE

Ereignis Druckgrafik 2, Internationale Druckgrafikausstellung, Leipzig, DE

Dialogos, Fundacion Ludwig de Cuba, Catedra Humboldt, Casa Monumento Salvador Allende, Havanna, CU

Neuer Kunstverein Regensburg, DE

tavola calda, Kunstverein Heilbronn, DE

Awards / Grants

Working Grant, Stiftung Kunstfonds

Bavarian Studio Federation Program 2017/18 for visual artists

Studio subsidy program/studio rent subsidies (until 2017), City of Munich

Studio support program/studio (until 2016), City of Munich

Scholarship for Foreign Students from the STIBET Program of the DAAD Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts

Scholarship for foreign students, Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts


Youjin Yi. Fusion – edited by Melitta Kliege and Tanja Pol, VfmK Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, AT


SeMa, Seoul Museum of Modern Art, KOR

Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich, DE

Selected Works

Youjin Yi

Untitled, 2022

Youjin Yi

Hatch, 2021

Youjin Yi

Balance, 2022

Youjin Yi

Ostwind, 2021

Youjin Yi

Lupa, 2022

Youjin Yi

Untitled, 2021


Selected Exhibitions

Youjin Yi

Hatch, 2021

Acrylic, oil, oil pastel, graphite on Korean paper (Hanji), mounted on canvas

135 x 100 cm

Photos: Dirk Tacke