Lee Dongi is widely recognized to be first on the list of a pop artist in Korea. He has attempted to combine the medium of acrylic painting with diverse subject matter and expressive methods.
He created the Atomaus character through the combination of two celebrity cartoon characters, Atom (Astro Boy) and Mickey Mouse.
Since 1993 When Lee first conceived Atomaus, he had no intention of leading any identity to the character.
Lee’s work refers to pre-existing images rather than creating ones.
Lee points out that contemporary people gradually become accustomed and desire to identify themselves with imaginary images. These images have ambivalent features, sublimity and abstractness despite their superficial existence.
1967 Born in Seoul 1990 B.F.A., Painting, Hongik University 1995 M.F.A., Painting, Hongik University
1993 First Solo Exhibition at Gallery On in Seoul, Korea 1995 Program, Hongik University Art Museum in Seoul, Korea 1998 Underworld, Kaywon Gallery in Uiwang, Korea 1999 Money Honey, Seonam Art Center in Seoul, Korea 2001 The Adventures of Atomaus, Gallery Dong Dong in Seoul, Korea 2002 Solo Exhibition, Kobayashi Gallery in Tokyo, Japan 2003 Crash, IImin Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea 2007 Atomaus, Gallery Mook in Beijing, China 2006 Smoking, One and J Gallery in Seoul, Korea 2008 Bubbles, Willem Kerseboom Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands 2008 Dongi Lee Solo Exhibition, Keumsan Gallery in Tokyo, Japah 2008 Bubbles, Gallery 2 in Seoul, Korea 2008 Double Vision, Gallery 2 in Seoul, Korea 2009 Double Vision, Galerie Michael Schultz in Berlin, Germany 2010 Bittersweet, Gallery 2 in Seoul, Korea 2011 Role Playing Game, Lotte Gallery in Seoul, Korea 2012 Garden of Uncertainty, Gallery 2 in Seoul, Korea 2013 Don’t Look Back in Anger, Songwon Art Center in Seoul, Korea 2014 Zero Gravity, GALLERY HYUNDAI in Seoul, Korea 2016 Abyss, Gallery 2 in Seoul, Korea 2017 Dongi Lee Unplugged, Gallery 2, Jungsun Nongwon in Jeju, Korea 2017 Dongi Lee, CL Art in Seoul, Korea 2018 Lee Dongi: 2015-2018, PIBI Gallery in Seoul, Korea 2018 Words, Gallery 2 in Seoul, Korea 2018 Hashtag, Handok Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy in Eumsung, Korea 2019 Lee Dongi, 1993-2014: Back to the future, PIBI Gallery in Seoul, Korea 2019 Welcome to My World, Banyan Tree Club & Spa in Seoul, Korea 2020 Group Show at Art TNZ at Sho+1 booth in Tokyo, Japan 2021 Group Show at Art Fair Tokyo 2021 at Sho+1 booth in Tokyo, Japan 2022 Group Show at Art Fair Tokyo 2022 at Sho+1 booth in Tokyo, Japan