Interview with minyoung choi on her dreamy aquarium paintings
bath, oil on linen, 110 x 120 cm, 2020
all images courtesy of minyoung choi
Animals, in particular fish, have always been a subject of fascination for Korean artist Minyoung Choi. on growing up in Daejeon, choi recalls the national geographic programs that fed her dreams and the fish tank in her family home that lit up her imagination. after spending her childhood drawing and painting, choi knew she wanted to work in the creative realm and pursued her dream with masters of fine arts in painting from both Seoul national university and UCL.
now living and working in london, choi has become known for her dreamy watercolors and oil paintings that intertwine surreal moments with real memories. in recent years, it’s choi’s aquarium and fish bowl paintings that have struck a particular chord, with the theme of captivity reflecting how we experience nature in contemporary life while inviting viewers to escape into a miniature world within a world.