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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted August 2004, is from the artist:

Younghee Choi Martin was born in Seoul, Korea in 1954.  She moved to Brooklyn, New York 1971, became a naturalized citizen in 1978.  She lives and paints in Chelsea in New York City.

About the Artist:

Younghee Choi Martin embarked on the poetic narratives of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land as her subject matter in 1990.  She set out to create paintings with the understanding that the poem is a paradox.  It is a vast statement about the disconnection from our rich past.  However, reading the poem reconnects to the deep reservoir of western civilization and restores new meaning through the exploration of myths, languages, customs and traditions, as well as allusions to epic poems by Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare.

In her Waste Land series, Younghee created over 200 paintings, drawings, and
prints.  This body of work is stylistically developed and highly expressive.  Her approach is an open-ended, organic process to arrive at unexpected images.  The subject matter is intended to evoke human drama of primal energies.  These paintings are visual enigmas with urgent messages, replete with metaphors, quotations, and multiple meanings waiting to be deciphered.

In 1972, she started a rigorous academic training at the Brooklyn Museum Art School as a high school student.  Even then, Younghee perceived that there was a schism between recent art and what came before.  The new art seemed empty.  By contrast, she responded to the treasures she encountered in the museums-the Babylonian reliefs of military conquest, the Egyptian frescos of resurrection, the European Renaissance religious and mythical paintings, and the outdoor paintings by the Impressionists.

Continuing her art training in Rome on a scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design, Younghee became more convinced that painting is silent poetry.  She intensified her study of the Old Masters while incorporating modern concepts and procedures in order to arrive at something different and personal.  Upon returning to New York in 1977, she further developed and refined her art using literary and operatic source material such as Siegfried, Norma, Salome, and Poppea.  This work continues to this day.

In the early '80s she received a number of painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Creative Arts Public Service Program.  She has had 18 one-person shows and over 50 group exhibitions in New York and throughout the United States, as well as in France, Italy, Japan, and Korea.  In 2000, her painting titled By the Water from the Waste Land series was exhibited in the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Education:
1977 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; RISD, Rome, Italy BFA in Painting
1976 Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
1975 Provincetown Artists Colony Summer Session, Provincetown, MA
1972 Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibitions:
2001 Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT
2000 Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT
1999 Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
1997 Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos, NM
1995 Jeong Song Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Jeong Song Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1994 Jeong Song Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Space Gam Mee Ok, New York, NY
1992 Barnard-Biderman Fine Art, New York, NY
1986 Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
Dupont Gallery, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
1983 Andrew Gallery, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Group Exhibitions:
2004 The 179th Annual, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
2002 Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Maurice Arlos Fine Art, New York, NY
The Affordable Art Fair, Maurice Arlos Fine Art, New York, NY
2001 Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2000 Musee d'Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Haverford College, Haverford, PA
YWCA, New York, NY
1999 Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan
1998 The 173rd Annual, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
1998 Drew University, Madison, NJ
1997 The Painting Center, New York, NY
PSA Art Showcase IX, New York, NY
1996 Microsoft Corporate Campus, Redmond, WA
Smith College, Northhampton, MA
1995 PSA Art Showcase V, New York, NY
1995 The Painting Center, New York, NY
Boston Symphony Hall, curated by Pepper Gallery, Boston, MA
1994 Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN
New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA
PSA Art Showcase III, New York, NY
Han Ga Ram Museum, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
1993 PSA Art Showcase, New York, NY
RISA at Sotheby's, New York, NY
Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Miami WIZO Art, Miami, FL
1991 Cie Moderne & Contemporaine, Paris, France
1988 Ten Worlds Gallery, New York, NY
1987 Tradition 3 Thousand, New York, NY
1985 The University of Tulsa, Tuls, OK
1982 Green Space, New York, NY
1981 Munson-Proctor Art Center, Utica, NY
Bard College, Annandale, NY
Silvermine Guild Gallery, New Canaan, CT

Corporate and Public Collections:
The Bond Market Association, New York, NY
The Carpenter Design Group, New York, NY
Jeong Song Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean International Merchant Bank, Seoul, Korea
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
William & Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection, Bryn Mawr College, PA
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Private Collections:
Los Angeles, Altadena, Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Springfield, Lenox, MA;
Minneapolis, MN; Morristown, NJ; New York City and throughout New York State; Providence, RI; Rome, Florence, Italy; Kyoto, Osaka, Japan; Seoul, Korea.

Awards:
1983 National Endowment for the Arts, Painting Fellowship
1981 Creative Artists Public Services of New York, Painting Fellowship

Lectures: Visiting Artists and Residencies:
2001 Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT
2000 Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
1999 Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan
1998 Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA
1996 Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA
1987 SUNY, Center for Music, Arts and Theater, Plattsburgh, NY
1986 Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
1985 The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Other:
Art consultant for the permanent collection at The Bond Market Association, 2001
Co-curator for The Bond Market Association from 1993 to 2000
RISD Honorary Degree Committee member, 1997, 1998

Selected Bibliography:
2004 Silverstein, Joel Book Essay, Nabi Press, New York, NY
2002 Hrbacek, MaryReview, The New York Art World, May Issue
YamamotoReview, Kobe Shin Bun, Kobe, Japan, 5/2/2002
The William and Mary Review: Volume 40, Williamsburg, VA
2000 Ernst, EricReview, South Hampton Press, South Hampton, NY,
5/25/2000
Finkelstein, Louis Exhibition Essay, Haverford College, PA,
1999 The East Hampton Star, East Hampton, 11/4/99
Express Times, Easton, PA, 1/22/99; 2/5/99
Hearthstone Town & Country, Pennsburg, PA, 1/21/99
Intelligencer record, Toylestown, PA, 1/22/99
Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA, 1/29/99
1998 The Flora Magazine, St. Louis, MI, Issues No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5
RISD Views, Providence, RI, Summer Issue
The New Jersey Ledger, Morristown, NJ, 3/10
1997 Sawin, Martica Catalogue Essay, Los Alomos, NM
Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos, NM, 8/13/97
Sutter, W. Noel Exhibition Essay, PSA, New York, NY
1995 Leher, Brian The Korean Americans, Introduction by Senator
Moynihan, Chelsea House Press, New York, Philadelphia
Lee, Gu Yeol Catalogue Essay, Jeong Song Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Kuh, No Ryo Creative Home Living Magazine, Seoul, Korea, February
The Arts Monthly, Seoul, Korea, September Issue
1994 Bergmann, MeredithReview, The New York Review of Art, December
Shaw, Leslie Eva Review, Cover Magazine, New York, NY, September
Parks, Addison Exhibition Essay, Gallery 28, Boston, MA
Zimmer, William Exhibition Essay, Barnard-Biderman Fine Art, NYC
Schwendenwien, Jude Catalogue Essay, Jeong Song Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1993 The Korea Central Daily, 4/8, New York, NY
1992 North Coast News, Mendocino, CA, 9/3/92
Heo, Suna Korea Times Sunday Magazine, New York, NY, 9/19/92
1982 Eder, Bruce Review, Arts Weekly, New York, NY, 12/8/82

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