Koh Sang Woo was born in Seoul, Korea in 1978, and moved to the United States in 1994. Recognizable by the blue tone photograph that captures his subject using negative ﬁlm, Koh Sang Woo is a visual artist who consolidates photography, performance, and painting. His work is a result of dialogue with the model. The Decoration of their bodies and hear with ﬂowers and butterﬂies and painting them with brush strokes is a part of performance and preparation for photographing. His subjects are completely revealed, represented in their essential purity. Change of the color and the light in exposure gives them intense visual and emotional charge. Woo gives us the opportunity to see the world in reverse, to reconsider the way in which we look at others and understand ourselves.
Koh Sang Woo graduated from School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2001, he double-majored in Photography and Performance Art. Working in both mediums at the same time allowed him to explore the relation between captured moment and movement. He thinks that photography is lacking emotion and that its combination with performance is the only way that right message gets to the audience. Koh Sang Woo has exhibited widely worldwide and was listed in 2013 as one the 100 most important Korean contemporary artists. He has participated in various international fairs such as Armory Show, Armory Photography, Art Basel HongKong and Art Miami and works are held in various international collections including National Museum of Contemporary Art and Savina Museum in Korea.
Koh Sang Woo 高尙佑