Soyeon Cho originally comes from Korea and currently lives and works in Toronto. She has two M.F.A. degrees, one from Seoul National University, South Korea, and one from School of Visual Arts, USA.

She has exhibited her work both nationally an internationally. Her museum shows are The Basic Utensils (MASS MoCA at kidspace, North Adams USA 2011), Second Lives (Museum of Arts and Design, NY, USA 2008-2009),  Artists in New York (Seoul Arts Center, Korea, 2007) and Altre Lilith, (Le Vestali dell’Arte, Frascati, Italy, 2006). She has exhibited work at Glasstress, (53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy,  2009). Her most recent solo shows are H –gallery (Paris, France, 2016),The Soul Garden (Gallery b'ONE, Seoul, 2012) and SKL Gallery (Mallorca, Spain, 2009), Ecological Collage 3 (Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, South Korea 2008), Alice in Hsin-Chu (Hsin-Chu International Glass Art, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, 2006) and Wonderlandlust (Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, 2005). She has also participated in residencies in New York including Chashama Residency, Henry Street Settlement Artist in Residency Program and Project Studio Program at PS122.

Cho uses everyday materials such as Q-tips, plastic forks, clear tapes, artificial flowers and parts of household goods. She reveals to her audience the hidden magical universe within the most seemingly negligible objects. This parallels her fundamental belief in everyone’s uniqueness and capacity for creating beauty. She cares about nature - surroundings which are threatened by industrial development and the massive costs created by global warming and unbridled capitalism and twist the attitude of contemporary human beings and society. She hopes that her work reminds the audience of our true selves and reaffirms the intrinsic value of each of us that lies beyond the value assigned to us based on utility. Ultimately she demonstrates the unending ability of the human mind to re-imagine and re-create its world called "utopian landscape".

Solo shows


2016   H-gallery, Paris, France2016    Collaboration with dance department in Iona collage, NY, USA
2012    Gallery b' ONE, Seoul, Korea
2009    SKL Gallery, Mallorca, Spain
2009    Galleria Michela Rizzo, Treviso, Italy
2008    Brain Factory, Seoul, Korea
2008    Window Gallery,Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea
2006    Galleria la Tessitura, Como, Italy
2005    Wonderlandlust, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, Italy
2005    Beyond the Forbidden, A.I.R Gallery, NY, NY

Selected group shows

2018    Inside My Luggage, Morden Fuel, Kingston, Canada 5
2016    GlassFever, Dordtyard, Nederland
2015    Korean Art Now, Susan Eley Fine Art, NY,NY, USA
2014    Au Feminin: 13 Women Redrawing Boundaries, CFA,Toronto, Canada
2013    Icastica, Arezzo,Italy
2012    Crónicas Desde el Espacio Exterior,SKL Gallery, Spain
2011    Glasstress Stockholm,Sweden Aug- Jan 2012
2011    Kidspace at MASS MoCA ( Two person Show), North Adams, MA
2010    Volta, SKL Gallery, NY, NY
2010    TIAF/Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2009    TIAF/Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2009    KIAF, SKL, Cais Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009    9 + one, Cais Gallery, Seoul. Korea
2009    X ,Mixed Green, NY,NY
2009    Glasstress, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2008    Second Lives, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, NY.
2008    Garden of Delights & Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu, Korea
2008    The Fascination for Life, Gallery LVS, Korea
2008    The Sum of its Parts, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008    Aljira Emerge 9, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
2008    Synthetic Supernova, Mixed Greens, NY, NY
2007    New York, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2007    Homing Devices, Curated by Elwyn Palmerton, Broadway Gallery, NY,
2007    Tuttavia Povero, Curated by Douglas Ferrari, The Shore Institute of The Contemporary Arts, NJ
2007    The Troubled Waters of Permeability!, Curated by Helianthe Bourdeaux, Maurin Parker’s Box, NY, NY
2006    Space Juice, INMO gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006    Oltre Lilith, Le Vestali dell’ Arte, Frascati, Italy
2006    Project Studio Artists, PS122 Gallery, NY, NY
2006    Projects ‘06 Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2006    Sou-Li/Sound, Visual Arts Gallery, NY, NY
2006    Denatured, Curated by Elwyn Palmerton, Broadway Gallery, NY, NY
2006    PLASTICA, mon amour! Curated by Boris Brollo, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Italy
2006    Medias res, Curated by Christina Manucy, Maryland Hall, Maryland
2006    Hsin-Chu International Glass Art Festival, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan
2005    Miniartextil Como, Curated by Nazzarena Bortolaso and Mimmo Totaro, Como, Italy
2005    First Peak, Curated by Miki Wick, Entenhalle, Zurich, Switzerland
2005    I.D.: id Fellowship Finalists, A.I.R. Gallery, NY,NY
2005    Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY
2005    Unwonted Composite, Gallery Korea, NY, NY
2005    Something to Stare At, Melody Weir, NY, NY
2005    TABOO, Curated by Jerry Saltz, Studio Montclair, NJ
2005    Ecological Collage 2, Curated by Lynn del Sol, Xanadu*, NY, NY
2005    Micro–Universe, Curated by Helianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin, The Lab Gallery, NY, NY
2004    December Projekt30, Projekt30, Online
2004    14th NW Annual 2004 Curated by Ken Lum, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2004    A/C Summer Group Show, Curated by Elizabeth Dee, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NY, NY
2004    The Luggage Project + You, Curated by Max Yawney, The Denver International Airport
2004    Happy Art for a sad World Curated by Helianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin, Spike Gallery, NY, NY
2004    Heavenly Bodies Curated by Anne Ellegood, Visual Arts Gallery, NY, NY
2003    Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist’s Space, NY, NY
2003    Dumbo Art Festival, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
2003    Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2003    Touch and Go, The Third Floor, Brooklyn, NY
2003    Insert Body Here, Curated by Rachel Gugelberger, School of Visual Art Gallery, NY, NY
2002    A Silver Wing, Cheongju National Museum, Cheongju, Korea
2001    A Small Sculpture Group, Kwanhun Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2001    Retro Bistro-Six Things, Loop Alternative Space, Seoul, Korea
2000    The Art Factory - The Second, Sempeo Factory, Seoul, Korea
1999    The Art Factory - The First, In-chon, Korea
1999    K Exhibition, Alternative Space, Seoul, Korea

Artist Talk

2006    Artist Talk, Asian American Arts Centre, New York, NY
2006    Artist Talk, Parsons, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography

2011    "Sensation" Jiyun Nah,Dec Dazed$Confused Korea p30-31
2009    Glasstress, Adriano Berengo, 2009:a catalog
2009    SBS news interview Fun Fun, 230909
2009    Gang-jin Lee, Wolgan Missol
2009    Sukie Park, JoongAng Daily
2009    M La Biennale di Venezia by Nicollette Ramirez, Summer
2009    Venice: Glass Stress, Whitewall
2008    Second Lives :a catalog
2008    Wolgan Missol
2008    Artist Prism Soyeon Cho, Space
2007    Soo-mee Park “New York art scene embraces Korean artists” JoongAng Daily/Nov 23
2007    Jean Oh “Artists bring holiday cheer from New York” Korea Herald/Nov 23
2007    Contemporary Korean Artists in New York: a catalog
2006    “San Dona Di Piave”JULIET n.130/Dic.2006 p 93-94
2006    In_rete: a catalog
2006    Oltre Lilith Beyond Lilith: a catalog
2006    Mary Lou Cohalan “Projects ‘06” Islip Art Museum: a catalog
2006    Hsinchu City Int’l Glass Art Festival“Alice’s Adventure in Glass Garden”:a catalog
2006    Kunjian Li, “Alice’s Wonderland is Shining” Mun Sang Daily/Jan 26th, p.CR4, Boris Brollo “OH, VENEZIA” JULIET n.126/Feb 2006 p 97
2005    Joe M Hill “Micro Universe: Visions of the Artist’s Mind” contemporary 75, p67-68
2005    Gu Huihui “Soyeon Cho at A.I.R. Gallery” The New York Art World/ Oct 2005, P15
2005    Sukie Park, “Cultural walk” The Korea Daily New York/ Sept 14,p F-15
2005    Filophilo: a catalog

Grants and Awards

2008    Chashama Visual Art Program, New York
2007    Aljira emerge, Newark, NJ
2006-2007    Henry Street Settlement Artists in Residency, New York
2006    BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Residency, New York
2005    Project Studio Program, PS122, New York
2005-2006    A.I.R Fellowship, A.I.R Gallery, New York
2004    Andy Gerber Memorial Award, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle
2000    Seoul National University Scholarship, Seoul, Korea
1994-1997    Seoul National University Scholarship, Seoul, Korea


Berengo Studio, Venice, Italy
Haitai Confectionery & Foods Company Collection, Seoul, Korea
Suncheon First College, Suncheon, Korea
Fernando Garbellotto, Italy


2004    School of Visual Arts, M.F.A. Fine Arts, NY, NY
2000    Seoul National University, M.F.A. Sculpture, Seoul, Korea
1998    Seoul National University, B.F.A. Sculpture, Seoul, Korea