b. Sancheong, Korea 1935
Ha Chong-Hyun came to prominence with his Conjunction series in the early 1970s, which have led him to build his signature style, pushing the paint from the back to the front of hemp cloth. As a leading member of the movement known as Dansaekhwa, or “monochrome painting”, he has consistently used material experimentation and innovative studio processes to redefine the role of painting, bridging the avant-garde traditions between East and West. Committed to redefining modern art and rejecting mainstream academic trends, Ha developed a process that converted physically demanding studio processes into abstract compositions. In his most recent work, Ha has expanded upon his practice of transforming three-dimensionality into a two dimensional surface by experimenting with new ways to add materiality and a sense of volume to colour.
His work can be found in several museum and public collections: Art and Culture Foundation of Ilshin, Seoul; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US; Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul; Fukuoka Museum, Fukuoka, JP; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US; Gyeongi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, KR; Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, KR; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP; Hongik University Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; M+, Hong Kong, CN; Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie, JP; Miyagi Art Museum, Miyagi, JP; Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US; Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, JP; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, KR; Posco Art Gallery, Seoul; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Seoul Museum of Art, KR; Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul; Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Shimonoseki, JP; South Ho-am Art Museum, Yongin, KR; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo.