Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee (born 1990, South Korea), is an emerging Korean-American artist working in Brooklyn, New  York, USA. His love for drawing began as a child, but his decision to pursue art professionally happened during his last year as a Biology, Drawing, and Neuroscience major at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). Drawn to the studio, and the creative process of making art, Timothy withdrew his ambitions of attending medical school and rented a studio in Williamsburg upon graduation, where he currently works.

Hyunsoo Lee’s works are inspired by themes of social stigma, identity, psychological disorders, and more recently, of spirituality and religion. He explores these themes through a novel vector – paintings and sculptures consisting largely of cell-like marks that vary in size, color, and saturation. His works are seen as ethereal and delicate, but the extremely labor-intensive compositions, marked by intensely obsessive repetitions, quickly betray that initial perception. Exploring his own history of anxiety disorders through his art, Timothy confronts and manipulates his tics and compulsions and channels them into his works. In responding to his anxiety with art, he has developed a novel system of mind-mapping – “a cartography of his psychopathology” – to study a part of himself that initially drew him to study developmental biology and neuroscience in college.

The artist works almost exclusively in watercolour and gouache, and prefers this medium over other paints and marking systems due to watercolor’s unstable nature. Mastering watercolor primarily involves understanding the pigment’s interaction with water, and the solution’s interaction with its surface, and every application of paint will result in a different mark. Thus, watercolor prevents him from “fussing” over trivial details in his works.

Timothy’s first solo exhibition, “Traces”, was exhibited at Wook & Lattuada Gallery, New York, USA, in 2013. Since then, he has also exhibited regionally at the Scholastic Inc. Store in SoHo, 2013; at Hundred Forsyth Gallery in the LES, 2013, and internationally at York St. Mary’s in York, UK, 2013; and at the Pink Art Fair in Seoul, South Korea, 2014. He been honored by organizations such as the Aesthetica Art Prize, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and the National YoungArts Foundation. Timothy was the 2014 recipient of the VSA Emerging Young Artist Award given by the Kennedy Center (Washington DC, USA), as well as the International Emerging Artist Award in Dubai.




2012     Wesleyan University. Bachelor of Arts. High honors, Studio Art.

2012     Middletown, CT (USA). Biology. Studio Art (drawing). Neuroscience & Behavior.


Solo Exhibitions

2019    XOXO, comet boy. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

2016    No one dies alone. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2014    double-sided. Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2013    Works on Paper. Scholastic Inc. Store, New York, USA.
2013    Traces. Wook & Lattuada Gallery, New York, USA.

2012    secretive skin. Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA.

Group Exhibitions


2019    Within Interdependence. An exhibition of work by YoungArts alumni curated by Deana Haggag. National YoungArts Foundation Gallery. Miami, USA.

2018    DIY. Galerie Joseph Paris. Contempo Arts. Paris, France.

2018    Art Theorema #1. Salone Delgli Incanti, presented by Imago Mundi. Trieste, Italy.

2017    Harlem postcards. Studio Museum Harlem. NYC, USA

2016    Contained. Chashama Project Space. NYC, USA

2016    RCA Secret Dubai. In collaboration with Alserkal Avenue + Art Dubai. Dubai, UAE.
2016    Framing Religion – Connections and Conflicts. GB Stuart Gallery, Carlisle Arts & Learning Center. Carlisle, PA, USA.
2015    A Curious Blindness. Columbia University. New York, USA.

2015    The Journey. S. Dillon Ripley Center, The Smithsonian Institution. Washington DC, USA.
2014    La Forme Animale. Galerie Venise Cadre.  Casablanca, Morocco. Curated by Zoulikha Bouabdellah.
2014    IEAA (International Emerging Artist Award) Exhibition. Dubai, UAE.
2014    Me, Myself & I. Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University. Portales, NM, USA.
2013    Vacation Days. Hundred Forsyth Gallery. New York, USA.
2013    Aesthetica Art Exhibition, York St. Mary’s, York, UK.
2012    Studio Art Thesis Group Exhibition, Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University. Middletown, CT, USA.
2012    Swerved, South Gallery, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts. Middletown, CT, USA.

Art Fairs


2019     viennacontemporary. Sabrina Amrani. Vienna, Austria.

2019     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2019     India Art Fair. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. New Delhi, India

2018     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy

2018     The Armory Show, Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo). New York, USA

2018     ARCOmadrid, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2018     India Art Fair, Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo). New Delhi, India

2017     ARCOmadrid, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2017     India Art Fair, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. New Delhi, India

2016     ArtBo, Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Bogota, Colombia

2016     Art Brussels. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Brussels, Belgium

2016     Art Dubai. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Dubai, UAE
2015     ArtInternational. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Istanbul, Turkey
2015     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo/duo). Madrid, Spain

2015     Art Stage Singapore. Sabrina Amrani Gallery (solo). Singapore



2014    First Prize, The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, sponsored by The Kennedy Center and The Volkswagen Group of America. Washington DC, USA.
2014    Honorable Mention, [Me, Myself & I] juried exhibition. Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University. Portales, NM, USA.
2014    IEAA (International Emerging Artist Award), 3rd Edtion. Dubai.
2013     Art.Write.Now.Pop-Up! Artist-in-Residence Program, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers/Scholastic Inc., New York, USA.
2013    National Art Educator Medal, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, New York, USA.
2013    Invited participating artist, Artist Pension Trust (APT) - Global One trust, New York, USA.
2012    Long-listed artist (Painting & Drawing), Aesthetica Art Prize, London, UK.
2012    Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Award, Wesleyan University Department of Art & Art History, Middletown, CT, USA.




2017     Artist-in-Residence. The Basu Foundation for the Arts. Kolkata, India

2016     ChaNORTH. Chashama. Pine Plains, New York, USA

2013     ART.WRITE.NOW Scholastic INC. / The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. New York, USA




2018     Come back home. A public art project commissioned by the MTA Art & Design and the Long Island Railroad for the LIRR Stewart Manor Station [Hempstead line] in Garden City, New York.

2018     1000 Attempts at a Reconciliation. India Art Fair. Solo projects. Presented by Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2017     Annual Foundraiser Auction. Christies Auction House. Asia Art Archive. Hong Kong.

2017     Public Art Commission. The MTA of New York. Stuart Manor Station (LIRR). Garden City, New York, USA.


Public collections

OCULUS VR. Facebook (Seattle, USA)

COLECCION D.O.P. Fundacion D.O.P. (Caracas, Venezuela; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain)

FUNDACION DOP. Caracas, Venezuela     

MTA ARTS & DESIGN. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York (New York, USA)        

THE SOCIETY AT MSKCC. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA)

IMAGO MUNDI COLLECTION. Supported by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche (Treviso, Italy)




APT Institute, New York, USA.
The Society at MSKCC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.




2016     WIDEWALLS. Timothy Hyunsoo Lee’s exhibition at Sabrina Amrani brings a new kind of optimism

2016     ARTSY Editorial. At Sabrina Amrani, Timothy Hyunsoo Lee contemplates Serenity and Death

2016     Periodistas (Es). Timothy Hyunsoo Lee: Nadie muere solo

2015     Nomadic Press. Artist and Mental Illness Interview Series: Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

2015     ARTSY. Precision and Instability in Timothy Hyunsoo Lee’s Mind Maps

2015     Artitute. Reflections on Art Stage Singapore: Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

2014     Duas Arte Contemporáneo. double-sided de Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

2014     ARTSY.  Art to Exorcise: Timothy Hyunsoo Maps his Mind with Watercolor




2018     Seeking Beauty: Timothy Hyunsoo Lee. GALERIE MAGAZINE, 2018 Summer Issue (New York)

2018     Names you should know at Armory. THE ART NEWSPAPER, ARNORY SHOW 2018 ISSUE (New York)


2015     A Curious Blindness. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (New York)


2014     La Forme Animale. GALERIE VENISE CADRE (Casablanca, Morocco)

2013     Spring Anthology: 100 Contemporary Artists. AESTHETICA MAGAZINE (London, UK)