Do Ho Suh (Korean, b.1962) is best known as a sculptor and installation artist. Suh earned his BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting from Seoul National University before completing his term of mandatory service in the South Korean military. He then relocated to the Unites States and continued training at both the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University.
His sculptures are architectural in nature and generally are site-specific installations. Suh attempts to draw attention to how viewers of his work inhabit the public space around them. An example is found in his floor sculpture entitled Some/One, which consisted of a gallery floor covered in dog tags surrounding a hollow suit of armor. Each piece the artist creates is meant to explore the relationship between individuals and the general public, so his themes are often both spatial and psychological. His works also defy standard notions of scale. One example is Staircase-III, a life-sized replica of a staircase suspended in an immense empty room, which is located at the Tate Modern in London.
Suh represented Korea at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) before being shown in the Liverpool Biennial (2010), the Venice Biennale Architecture (2010), and Media City Seoul Biennial (2010). He has also had major exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris (2001), the Serpentine Gallery in London (2002), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO (2002-2003), the Artsonje Center in Seoul (2003), and the Hermes Gallery in Tokyo (2005). Some of his more famous works include Fallen Star 1/5 (2008–2011), and both Paratrooper-II and Paratrooper-V (2005). His work can be compared to that of Carsten Höller (German, b.1961) and Pascal Dombis (French, b.1965), both of whom have explored similar themes. Suh's work can currently be seen in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA. Suh lives and works in New York, NY, but he frequently travels back to Seoul, Korea, where his family still resides.