“In my work mankind exists outside of time and space. I search to discover my personal identity, to express love as the ultimate goal, and to understand the ultimate shadow.” -Lee Kui Dae
Lee Kui Dae’s reductionist works are symbolic arcs of primitive yet essential worlds of clarity infused with mythology. Lee’s esoteric explorations in paint are reflective of his own spiritual journey and influenced by his Asiatic roots. Through the use of symbolist imagery of the four elements: earth, wind, fire and air, and with a definitive and distinctive palette and recurrent themes of bird, sky and man, Lee reveals the vital core of life’s cycles: its birth, decay and ultimate regeneration.
Born in a small village in South Korea in 1959, Lee received his degree in art from The University of Seoul. He moved to France in 1995 and received an additional degree in art from the University of Paris. He has since enjoyed a successful and celebrated career. Earning many awards, Lee has exhibited worldwide and his work may be found in both public and private collections. He now resides between Paris and Korea.