Pauline Choi is a Korean born Canadian artist working in Paris. Having emigrated first to Canada as a child, she lives twice removed from her origins and her sense of cultural identity combines opposing forces and traditions.

Her recent paintings of fire and water have a strong sculptural presence, yet built up in layers of translucent media, they are also magical and elusive. Like all Pauline Choi's work, they demonstrate a strange alchemy that transforms the base matter of the material world into evocations of memory and desire.

- Jill Lloyd, art historian and critic, London



1979-1980   Whitney Museum, Independent program, New York, US
1978-1979   Graduate Study in New York, Off Campus program, OCAD, US
1974-1978   Ontario College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Arts (Honour), Toronto, Canada     

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019     Colour Poems - Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2016     Into the Light – UM gallery, Seoul, Korea

2013     Pools of Light - B’One gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009     Lightboxes - 59Rivoli, Paris, France

2009     Paris - Egg Gallery, Beijing, China

2007     Jardin Imaginaire - 7 Parnasien, Paris, France

2007     Jardin Imaginaire - DyanMarieProjects, Toronto, Canada

2005     Treescapes - The American Library in Paris, France

2001     Pools of Light - Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France

1999     La Vie en Rose - Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1998     Paintings & Light Boxes - Parsons School of Art, Paris, France

1997     The Ocean Within - Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1993     Mixed Media Painting - Gallery Han Kuk, Seoul, Korea

1987     Pleasures - Canadian Cultural Center, Rome, Italy

1987     Pleasures - Canadian Cultural Center, Paris, France

1986     Isla Mujeres -Gallery San Nom, Muncton, Canada

1985     Recent Paintings - The Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Canada

1984     Willful Gesture - Artcultural Center, Toronto, Canada

1984     Paintings & Drawings - Gallery Power House, Montreal, Canada

1984     Wall Paintings and Other - Gailoch Gallery, Oakville, Canada

1981     Meta-Paint as Bond - Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada

1981     Les Chaises Situation - Scarborough College, Toronto, Canada

1979     Wall Paintings - YYZ Outlet, Toronto, Canada



Group Exhibitions


2015    Art Space Qualia, Seoul - Korea

2014    K.I.A.F. - Seoul, Korea

2013    Drawing, SeMA - Seoul, Korea

2011    This is Paradise - Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada

2005    Glo - Archive Inc., Toronto, Canada

2004    La Nuit Blanche -  37bis rue de Montreuil, Paris, France

1998    Stuff - Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1996    Académie Diplomatique Internationale - Paris, France

1994    Woman - The Difference and The Power - Han Kuk Museum, Seoul, Korea

1993    UFPS Salon Contemporain - Grand Palais, Paris, France

1993    Latitudes Nord - Château Sainte Barbe - Fontenay-aux- Roses, France

1992    Art Contemporain du Canada - Ader Tajan Auction-House - Paris, France

1987    Petit Format - Espace Bateau Lavoir - Paris, France

1987    Cité Internationale des Arts - Paris, France

1987    Paintings - Bridgestone Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1986    Riot, Calm and Luxury - Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1986    Bather - Cameron Public House, Toronto, Canada

1985    Interiors / Tableaux - Burlington & Art Gallery of Winsor, Canada

1983    10 Years - Evelyn Amis Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1983    Critic's Choice - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

1983    Chromazone Living - Chromazone Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1982    YYZ monumenta - Chromazone Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1979    Imaginary - Factory 77 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1979    Drawings & Sculptures - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada



Teaching and other experiences

2013    Nanji Artist Residency program with the Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
1989-96    Teaching, Parsons School of Design, Paris, France
1984-87    Teaching, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada
1979-80    Assistant to Dennis Oppenheim and Mia Westerlund, New York City, US




2012    Artistic Residence, Nanji – SeMA, Seoul, Korea 

1986    Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France  
1980-84    Canada Council Grants
1979-83    Ontario Arts Council Grants
1978    Ontario College of Art Graduate Medal
1977    George A Reid Scholarship
1976    Nora E Vaughan Scholarship




. Air Canada, Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris, France

. American Library in Paris, France

. Cameron Public House, Toronto, Canada

. Daelim Art Museum, Korea

. Hôtel Jeanne d’Arc, Paris, France

. North York General Hospital, Toronto, Canada

. Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Korea

. Spring Restaurant, Paris, France

. Beaver Hall Group (Tony Comper), Toronto, Canada



Selected Bibliographies  

Hsieh, Catherine Y. - Lightboxes, New York Art Magazine, fall issue, NYC 2009
Cremin, Ann - Artist of the floating world, The Eye, n°15,  Paris 1998
MaKay, Gillian - Making a list, Globe & Mail, Toronto 1998
Lloyd, Jill - The Ocean Within, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul 1997
Guest, Robert - Soda Bottles, a Turtle Ship and Minjung, Art News, Feb. issue, NYC 1994
Davis, Christine - Extruding Light, Gallery Han Kuk, Seoul 1993
Kim, Hong Hee - Painter’s Painter, Gallery Han Kuk, Seoul 1993
Girling, Oliver - Riot, Calm & Luxury, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto 1986  
Elder, Alan - Interiors / Tableaux, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington 1986
Wood, William - Recent Paintings, The Gallery Stratford, Stratford 1985
Fabo, Andy - Nationalism / Internationalism / Regionalism, C Magazine, Toronto 1984
Hume, Christopher - Artist sees, Toronto Star, Toronto 1984

Oille, Jennifer - New Year, Vangard Art 1983 Hume, Christopher - Group Show, Toronto Star, Toronto 1983
University of Toronto - Les Chaise situation, Scarborough Art gallery, Toronto 1981
Tiley, Jim - Imaginary, Artist Review - vol.3 n°2, Toronto 1982
Clarkson, David - Wall Paintings, Artist Review - vol.2 n°6, Toronto 1979