Lee Sangsoo (born 1983) is a South Korean artist. He studied sculpture at Dong-A University College of Arts and obtained his Masters degree at Hongik University Graduate School of Sculpture. He enjoyed painting and drawing lessons in middle school, then later furthered his arts education formally in high school and graduate school. However, the more he learnt about art, it was no longer as fun or enjoyable and it became a tedious full time job. It was only through revisiting his childhood youthful works did he rediscover the brilliancy and innocence in childlike composition, carefree and pure, largely inspiring his faux naif style of three-dimensional sculpture today. Lee Sangsoo works appear extremely dynamic, this aspect was created by alternating full and empty spaces in close relationship with nature and new technologies. Its minimalist animals, in form, but extremely lively in color, represent some typical morphological traits that make them immediately recognizable. Lee Sangsoo was able to grasp these peculiar aspects and captured them in his sculptures. Cats, dogs, pigs, roosters, deer, flamingos and swans dialogue with the surrounding space and create very suggestive, elegant dynamic and coloristic effects.
“Lines, planes, and colors are important elements that work in my work. The lines drawn in the two-dimensional sketchbook determine the large flow and form of the work, and it becomes three-dimensional in the three-dimensional space. The square lines are shown in various shapes and colors according to the flow and twist, and you can feel the dynamism in the still work. Also, depending on the flow, the thickness of the lines may be rhythmically thickened or thinned.” L.Sangsoo