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Koo, Young-Woong was born in 1982 in South Korea.

His name Young-Woong means "hero" in Korean.


"My name doesn't only represent me, but also reflects who I am", he says.


He graduated from Hong-IK University, the best art school in Korea. He currently teaches there and lives in Seoul.


Koo, Young-Woong studies the image of the superhero in society. He portrays the comical situation of an ordinary person becoming suddenly a superhero.

Superman epitomizes the image of the superhero in Korea and his image is repetitively used by Korean media, advertisement, and pop music.

The artist embraces american culture as a whole without having to deny his own.


This makes Koo's Superman, a non-conventional superhero. He transforms the superhero by changing his clothes or his image and makes a rather an uncommon creation out of him.  He plays with the image of the ultimate superhero, Superman, making him an overweight person or an animal for example. However all these transformations serve a specific purpose. It's a satire of the political, media and social condition of society.  

Koo, Young-Woong carries us into his culture, his universe. Through his paintings, the artist delivers a rather uncanny image of the world around him.


American culture
Pop art

Major works

  • The Law of Action and Reaction - Ski
  • Rescue
  • How to Look at A Hero - Green Toad
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