National Museum of Women in the Arts
Cho Young-Ja
1951 - present
Photograph of Cho Young-Ja, by Rossana Pesani Dole, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
South Korean
Phonetic Spelling:
choh (yee-uhng)-jah
Work Type/Media:
Artistic Role(s):
Bronze Worker, Sculptor
Artist's Biography:
Cho Young-Ja was born in 1951 in Busan, South Korea and graduated from Hong-ik University in 1976. Although Cho Young-Ja studied in South Korea and has shown her work there extensively, she is a long-time resident of Italy, and her work combines narrative elements of both her native country and Italy. Cho Young-Ja’s bronze sculptures explore the human form and her work is imbued with a fanciful quality that reveals her interest in both Greek mythology and Buddhism. Cho Young-Ja often combines both flora and fauna elements centered on the human torso or a chair. Her detailed animals, creatures, and forms create a narrative of pastoral beauty.

The visual clues point towards classical mythology and religion, but her characters and forms are often fragmented, showing only parts of the human figure, or set on uneven planes and settings which suggest an unfinished or continuing story. In 1989, she participated in Women Artists in the 1980s, a group show at the Kumho Gallery in Seoul. Cho Young-Ja has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout South Korea, Italy and Spain.

Place(s) of Residence:
Place(s) of Activity:
Where Trained/Schools:
Hong-ik University, Seoul, South Korea (1976)
Earliest exhibition:
Fine Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (1979)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Ten Contemporary Korean Women Artists
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Untitled, no date