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, Seoul 1995 Program, Hongik University Art Museum, Seoul 1998 Underworld, Kaywon Gallery, Uiwang, Korea 1999 Money Honey, Seonam Art Center, Seoul 2001 The Adventures of Atomaus, Gallery Dong Dong, Seoul 2002 Solo Exhibition, Kobayashi Gallery, Tokyo 2003 Crash, IImin Museum of Art, Seoul 2007 Atomaus, Gallery Mook, Beijing 2006 Smoking, One and J Gallery, Seoul 2008 Bubbles, Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam 2008 Dongi Lee Solo Exhibition, Keumsan Gallery, Tokyo 2008 Bubbles, Gallery 2, Seoul 2008 Double Vision, Gallery 2, Seoul 2009 Double Vision, Galerie Michael Schultz, Belin 2010 Bittersweet, Gallery 2, Seoul 2011 Role Playing Game, Lotte Gallery, Seoul 2012 Garden of Uncertainty, Gallery 2, Seoul 2013 Don’t Look Back in Anger, Songwon Art Center, Seoul 2014 Zero Gravity, GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul 2016 Abyss, Gallery 2, Seoul 2017 Dongi Lee Unplugged, Gallery 2, Jungsun Nongwon, Jeju 2017 Dongi Lee, CL Art, Seoul 2018 Lee Dongi: 2015-2018, PIBI Gallery, Seoul 2018 Words, Gallery 2, Seoul 2018 Hashtag, Handok Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy, Eumsung 2019 Lee Dongi, 1993-2014: Back to the future, PIBI Gallery, Seoul 2019 Welcome to My World, Banyan Tree Club & Spa, Seoul 2020 Group Show at Art TNZ, Tokyo from Booth Sho + 1 2021 Group Show at Art Fair Tokyo 2021 from Booth Sho + 1