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Youn

Youn Kyoung Cho called YOUN was born in 1971 in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of 19, she left her native country to pursue studies at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, where she won first prize in her class with congratulations.

In 1998, she came to the French Riviera, where she develops her “girls” sculptures. Whether seen at play or bathing, diving or sulking, they are the vibrant colours of life. 

With her “Girls”, she has fully embraced the playful dimension of the School of Nice, while preserving her Korean identity and the Manga culture.

She has participated in over 50 exhibitions in France and abroad. Her works are in several public and private collections (including Norman Foster’s) in France, Monaco, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Jordan, Morocco, South Korea and the USA. Urbane Art Gallery is the first gallery to represent her in the UK.

“Youn has unwittingly joined Ben, Arman, Sosno, Moya, Gilli and Chubac, and even Niki de Saint Phalle in their attempts to make the public joyously participate in the work of art through cheerfulness and humour. Youn’s poetics is a poetics of the joie de vivre, of the pleasure of being alive, of its little sorrows and joys. It’s a sculpture of the surge of life”. Michel Remy, University of Nice

In her studio in Old Nice, a female child was born from clay, escaped from a manga, with both childish and feminine curves ... “It’s a work on expressions. Each of my pieces is like a frozen moment, a picture of my character. The dreaming, pouting or laughing girls come from a mixture of naivety and seriousness according to my mood. A kind of nostalgia of my childhood, something that I could never find again. This is what I express in my characters.”

Youn likes to make round trips between childhood, pureness and her adult view of the surrounding world. She loves working with clay because it’s a natural, living material, like our skin. She’s able to give to her character, an expression very similar to human beings. She happily uses resin, obtaining extraordinary nuances by creating with passion her own colours. She also works with bronze and realizes paintings.

Girl's Generation

Painted bronze, mixed technique, bronze base

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Painted bronze, mixed technique, bronze base

Youn Day

Painted bronze, mixed technique, bronze base

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Painted bronze, mixed technique, bronze base

La Boudeuse

Painted resin, mixed technique, steel base

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Painted resin, mixed technique, steel base
 

Trio

Painted terracotta, mixed technique, wooden base

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Painted terracotta, mixed technique, wooden base
 

Boring

Painted terracotta, mixed technique, steel base, plexiglass box

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Painted terracotta, mixed technique, steel base, plexiglass box