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.

Timeline

1987
BFA and MFA Oriental Painting Seoul National University
1993
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
1994
BFA Painting Rhode Island School of Design
1997
MFA Sculpture Yale University School of Art

Exhibitions

2004
The Print Show, Exit Art, New York
Lustwarande 04: Disorientation of Beauty, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Siting: Installation Art 1969 – 2002, MoCA Los Angeles
Undomesticated, Smith College Museum of Art
Home and Away, Vancouver Art Gallery
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Living inside the Grid, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Formed to Function, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid
Sackler Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
2003
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Lehmann Maupin, New York
ArtSonje Center, Seoul, Korea
On the Wall: Wallpaper by Contemporary Artists, RISD Museum, Rhode Island
On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
2002
The Perfect Home, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Serpentine Gallery, London
Constructed Fabric, Kobe Fashion Museum, Japan
Mask or Mirror A play of Portraits, Worcester Art Museum
Multitude, Artist Space, New York
Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Sculptura 02, Falkenberg, Sweden
Collecting Contemporary Art: A Community Dialogue, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
2001
Unifrom: Order and Disorder, Pitti Immagine Florence, Italy
2001
Subject Plural: Crowds in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
2001
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2001
Bodyspace, Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore, MD
2001
Contemporary Issues in Asian Art, Duke University Art Museum Durham, NC
2000
Artsonje Center Seoul, Korea
2000
Lehmann Maupin New York
1999
Seoul Home / L.A. Home, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA
1999
Sight-Seeing, NTT Inter Communication Center Tokyo, Japan
1999
Appearance, Art Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1999
Beyond the Monument, MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY
1998
Asian American Artist: Cross-Cultural Voices, University Art Gallery SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
1998
9 to 5 @ Metrotech, The Metrotech Commons (Outdoor) Brooklyn, NY
1997
Promenade in Asia, Shiseido Gallery Tokyo, Japan
1997
Techno/Seduction, The Cooper Union New York, NY
1996
Arcosda Lappa Project, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1996
Window Show, Gallery Hyundai Seoul, Korea
1996
Art at Home, Seomi Gallery Seoul, Korea
1995
6 Artists Now, Gallery Hyundai Seoul, Korea
1994
Picture Him, Picture Her, 105 Dyer Gallery Providence, RI
1993
Open Door, Sol Koffler Gallery Providence, RI
1990
Light from the East II, Kiev City Museum Kiev, U.S.S.R.
1990
Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Hoam Gallery Seoul, Korea
1990
Logos and Pathos, Kwanhoon Gallery Seoul, Korea
1990
The Groping Youth 1990, The National Museum of Contemporary Art Kwachon, Korea
1989
Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Hoam Gallery Seoul, Korea
1989
20th São Paulo International Biennal, Fundaçao Bienalde São Paulo São Paulo, Brazil
1988
Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Hoam Gallery Seoul, Korea

Literature

2003
Kim, Sun Jung." Do-Ho Suh", Korea: Artsonje Center.
2002
Corrin, Lisa G. and Miwon Kwon. "Do-Ho Suh", Serpentine Gallery/Seattle Art Museum