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



Whitney Museum, NYC Independent study program 1979-1980

BA Ontario College of Art and Design (Hon,grad), Toronto 1974-1978

O.C.A.D. graduate study in New York off Campus Program, NYC 1978-1979


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 - 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



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


Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada (1984-1987)

Parsons School of Design, Paris, France (1989-1996)



Artistic Residence, Nanji – SeMA, Seoul, Korea (2012)
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (1987)

Canada Council Grants

Ontario Arts Council Grants

Ontario College of Art Graduate Medal

George A Reid Scholarship

Nora E Vaughan Scholarship