Diren Lee
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about the ARTIST

Diren Lee was born in 1983 in South Korea. She builds a view on the world that cannot be explained by just one series of works. By releasing new series, mixing, and rebuilding it with her previous one, she creates her own world. The inner world created to heal her pain now describes her unique characters and symbolism through the homage of classical myths and orientalism. All her works is painted on canvas with a single brush, and such process is also linked to her desire to give the characters a living and breathing vitality. Diren is loved by public and art lovers through many collaborations and design products with businesses in Korea.

Diren Lee analyzes stories of unconsciousness through dreams beyond self-consciousness, then expresses the essence of consciousness on canvas. All the characters in her dream are parts of spiritual energy. The characters are expressed as connected creatures, stressing the meaning of “one-being”. Her previous works concentrate on analyzing inner scars, trying to expose and overcome her inner complex through the interpretation of dreams and unconsciousness. Her works refer to the journey of time during which she experiences mental trauma resulting from failure or humiliation and overcome emotions that led to anxiety. From this point on, her work begins to show a comfortable looking eyes and soft colors, telling the story of overcoming with the sweet and beautiful fruits that we meet after enduring suffering. She expresses her desire to convey comfort and warmth by hugging and making eye contact.


2024 | "In the clouds" group show with Edgar Plans & Suanjaya Kencut, VILLAZAN, Madrid, Spain.


Unpack Reveal Unleash, Tang Contemporary Art

Into The Wild, Thinkspace Projects


“Global Song”, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China

BLOOM, Maison Ozmen

Childhood Memories, Volery Gallery


“Back to Work”, Waluso Gallery, UK

“Turning Point”, Gallery Doo, S. Korea

2020 | “Stay with us”, Humax art room x Open gallery, S. Korea

2019 | “Fruit”, L Gallery, S. Korea

2018 | “On those that disappear”, MIEL Gallery, S. Korea



Tang Contemporary Art at Art Busan 2023

Tang Contemporary Art at Art Basel Hong Kong 2023, Tang Contemporary Art

Tang Contemporary Art at artgenève 2023, Tang Contemporary Art

2021 | Kiaf, S. Korea


Affordable Art Fair Battersea, UK

One Art Taipei, China

Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Singapore;


Art Expo Malaysia

Kuala Lumpr, Malaysia; BAMA

Busan Annual Market of Art Busan, S. Korea

Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong

2018 | Art Expo Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2016 | Art Gyeongju, Gyeongju, S. Korea

2015 | Spoon art fair, Gallery Sein, S. Korea

Art show Busan, Busan BEXCO, S. Korea


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