Korean-born and New York-based visual artist Suyeon Na investigates the fluidity of the self and the complexity of the world around her, by manipulating images sourced from newspaper, fashion magazines and patterns on the surface of fabrics we see every day. Na mines the imagery from fairytales, mythology, and Asian folklore which influenced her childhood, and combines them with the remnants of today’s world. In her work, the crystalline collages made with fabric, paper and sequins are mingled with watercolor-painted, mythological figures, often females and animals. While surrounded by lavish colors and textures, these characters quietly deliver psychological narrative about the issues of social and cultural adaptation, gender, love and intimacy. 

Na received a BFA from Seoul National University and a MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been widely exhibited at numerous venues in the U.S., Korea, Japan and India, including  New York Foundation for the Arts, Context Art Miami, Scope New York, Chashama Gallery, the Brooklyn Public Central Library, Textile Arts Center and ISE Cultural Foundation in the U.S., the Seoul Arts Center and Uijeongbu Arts Center in Korea, the Studio Kura in Japan, and the Jawahar Kala Kendra Art Centre in India. Also she served as a juror and mentor for the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and has been awarded artist grants and studio spaces from the Vermont Studio Center, Chashama Visual Arts Studio, and the Contemporary Artists Center. Na is currently an artist in residence of the Chashama Visual Arts Program in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

EDUCATION

 M.F.A in Painting , Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US
 B.F.A in Korean painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Lucid Dream, Hutchins Gallery, Long Island University, Brookville, NY
2015 Scheherazade, Vitrina, New York, NY
2014 Drawing Outside the Lines, Brooklyn Public Central Library, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Life is Everywhere, Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan
2012 Drifting in the City, Chashama 303 Gallery, New York, NY
         Counterpoint, LaMer Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2005 Playing Alice, Mc Gallery, Seoul, Korea

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  Korean Art: Now and Then, Kang Contemporary, New York, NY
          Minhwa & Modernism-Asia Week New York, Kang Contemporary, New York, NY
          AphrodisiacAHA Fine Art, New York, NY
          In Fragrante Delicto, Seven Minus Seven, St. Thomans, Virgin Island
2016 CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, FL
         Art from the Boros, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
         Summer Exhibition, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
         Immgrant Heritage Month Art Show, Office for New Americans partnership with NYFA, New York, NY
         Ars Nova, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Archimedes' Bathtub: A Show of Work by NYFA Immigrant Artist Program, curated by Julian A. Jimarez Howard, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY
         Weaving Time: The Archive of Korean-American Artist, Part Three 2001-2013, Gallery Korea at Korean Cultural Service, New York, NY
         Chashama & Materials for the Arts Winter Auction, Paddle8, New York, NY
         One Bryant Park: Kipton Art Auction, Bank of America Tower, New York, NY
         Drums on Paper: Risograph Print show, Glasshouse, Brooklyn, NY
2014 SCOPE New York, New York, NY
         Paper Works Unbound, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
         Bridging the Gap, Korean Cultural Center Washington D.C, Washington, D.C.
         Chashama Pre Gala, Red Door Gallery, New York, NY
         Community Art Project, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2013 Historical Commentaries, Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
         SCOPE New York, New York, NY
         CurateNYC Online Exhibition, Selected by Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Montclair Art Museum
         Stuck, AHA Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
         Transmutation: the Future of Man, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
         Hotels Curated NYC, curated by Indiewalls, 55 Gansevoort St., New York, NY
2012 Dumbo Art Festival (Juried Public Installation), Brooklyn, NY
        SCOPE New York, New York, NY
        Korean Art Show, New York, NYY
        CurateNYC Online Exhibition, Selected by Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design
        Push, AHA Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
        It came from Chashama, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY
        Bay Ridge Storefront Art walk, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Pink City Art Project, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India
        Pink City Art Project, Uijeongbu Arts Center, Uijeongbu, Korea
        Narratives of Line and Space, Maum Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Making the Leap: Crossing Borders, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
         Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fiber, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
         Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
         Personal Zone, Gallery Korea, New York, NY
        Curate NYC Emerging Artists Show, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Generations VII, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
          New York, NY, Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY
2008 M.F.A. Show,  Pratt Studios Gallery (Pratt Institute), Brooklyn, NY
2007 Art Students Exhibition, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2006 Hybrid Trend, Hangaram Art Museum-Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
2005 Korean Painting: New Form and Spirit, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

AWARDS and GRANTS

2016  Money for Women: Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Finalist
2014  New York Foundation for the Arts(NYFA) Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists
2013  Artist-in-Residence, Studio Kura,Fukuoka, Japan
2012  Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2010 Chashama Work Space Program, Brooklyn, NY
2009  Merit Grant, 
Contemporary Artists Center Residency,Troy, NY
          Chashama North Residency, Pine Plains, NY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2016 Juror/ Mentor,NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artist
        
Artist Talk, Invited by Indiewalls, Videology, Brooklyn, NY
         Artist Presentation: AHL Forum, hosted by AHL Foundation, New York, NY
2016-present Art Teacher, Happy Land School, Brooklyn, NY
        Art Teacher, Sunnyside Community Services, Sunnyside, NY
2015 Art of Discovery: Window Art Project, Renaissance Hotel, New York, NY
         
Invitation Logo Design for Chashama 20th Anniversary Gala
2014 Artist Presentation, Korean Cultural Center, The Embassy of South Korea in Washington, D.C.  
2012 Artist Slide Lecture, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2003 Assistant Internship for Contemporary Art Department in Seoul National University Museum, Seoul, Korea

PUBLICATION and PRESS

2017 Juxtapoz Magazine, "Suyeon Na Illustrates Lucid Dreams" 
         KANG Contemporary Artist Interview
2016 藏在布克林深国女孩儿Suyeon Na,  MIC Studio NYC,  Chinese Subtitles
        (Suyeon Na, A South Korean Girl Hidden Away in Deep Brooklyn), More than 760,000 views in China
         "On the Thresholds of Dreams" por Suyeon Na, AnormalMag, Spanish
         Artist to Watch, Nakid Magazine, https://nakidmagazine.com/2016/04/25/lucid-dreams-suyeon-na-artist-to-watchvisual-artist/
2015 Weaving Time: The Archive of Korean-American Artist, Part Three 2001-2013, New York, NY
         NY CultureBeat: "Scheherazade: Suyeon Na Solo Exhibition" 
         NYCB Gallery: "Suyeon Na: And Then The Night Comes" 
         “Studio visit with Suyeon Na”, Authorized to Work in the US, http://authorizedtowork.us/studio-visit-with-suyeon-na/ Oct.15/ NY
2013 "Counterpoint: Suyeon Na"(Korean), PlanCCC
          "Interview: Suyeon Na" (Korean) PlanCCC
2012 "Dumbo Arts Festival: Suyeon Na- Installation is Suspended Utopia", Arts Observer, Sep.1/ NY
   
       "Artist of the Month", Magazine Art/ Mar./Seoul, Korea
          "Artist Suyeon Na", Misool Sidae/ Mar./Seoul, Korea
2011 “Narratives of Line and Space”, World News Paper, Culture & Art, Sep. 1/NY
2010 “Interview: Six Artists in the Gallery Korea”, The Korean Channel TV/ Aug.6/ NY
           Featured Artist, Studio Visit Magazine/ The Open Studio Press/ Summer. Vol 9/ MA
2009 Featured Artist, Her Mark 2010, Womanmade Gallery/ July/ Chicago, IL
2008 "Pay Attention to these Korean Emerging Artists", Korea Daily, Culture/ Aug.6/ NY
2006 "Hybrid Trend: Contemporary Art Exhibition: India and Korea", Hangaram Art Museum/ Seoul, Korea
2005 "New Trend in 2005", Art in Culture Magazine/ April/ Seoul, Korea.        
           "Alice in the Art World", Transtrend Magazine/ Summer.Vol 78/ Seoul, Korea.