JEONG IM YI Born 1971, lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Korean painter Jeong Im Yi brings a sense of spiritual grace into the world. Her realistic oil paintings, with their lustrous textures, are not merely documentations but rather a visual manifestation of a reality that cannot be put into words.

An elegant simplicity combined with true technical virtuosity, Yi’s objects carry many personal stories which transform the ordinary and overlooked objects into something special. “Goldfish”, for example, is a nostalgic and sentimental subject. For most people, it would be their very first pet from their childhood. A calm and delicate goldfish swimming looks like it is from another world, free of care and always at peace. By putting these objects into focus, Yi wants to bring back the small magical moments for the viewers and hope that they infuse their own stories into her works.

To maximize the brightness or the saturation of color, and the very smooth and glossy finished surface, Jeong Im Yi employs many hours of intense work preparing the canvas. This process usually takes two weeks before paint can even be applied.

An elegant simplicity combined with true technical virtuosity, Yi’s objects carry many personal stories which transform the ordinary and overlooked objects into something special.
Selected Works