Si Jae Byun
(b. 1976, Korea)
Si Jae Byun attended Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea, receiving a BFA in Painting and Textiles, and an MFA in New Media. She received a second MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2007. She served as an Adjunct Professor in Fine Arts at Kookmin University/Gachon University from 2008-2011.
Viewing the paintings of Si Jae Byun gives one the feeling of peering through a looking glass at wondrous worlds caught in the act of self-creation. Influenced by subjects as divergent as construction sites and chromosomes, her overriding interest is in the coexisting realities these objects can suggest; inside and outside; physical space and psychological space; the natural world and the manmade.
Byun has held numerous solo exhibitions in Korea including shows at Gasan Gallery, Gallery Chosun and Seo Kyo Art Center. She has exhibited in solo shows at Tally Beck Contemporary in New York and the Korean Embassy Culture Center in Washington DC., as well as participated in numerous group exhibitions at locations throughout Korea and the US.
Byun is the recipient of the Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize in 2013 and has participated in artist residences in the US, Korea, Italy, Spain, and in 2015 with Grey Projects in Singapore. Her work has been collected by the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. The artist currently lives and works in Singapore.