Lee was born in Austin, Texas, but grew up in South Korea since he was three until fifteen. For higher education, he moved to the US to study, first to California in high school, then to New York in university. For various reasons, throughout his life he never stayed in one residence for more than three years.
Growing up, he learned Korean as the first language. It wasn’t until after he moved to the US that he realized South Korea has a self-estranging culture in admiration for and self-shaming ignorance in English. When he made periodic visits to South Korea, his childhood friends admired his fluency in English with tongue curling American accent.
His sense of mastery in English faced a new challenge in his Masters. Critical history, language and theory occupied his mind in both frustration and obsession. In addition to Continental philosophy, his research interest stretches to comparative studies between the East and West, as well as North and South Korea.
As a hobby, he likes to breakdance in public and private spaces, read, print and bind PDFs into books, learn etymology of Chinese writings and sing German and Danish songs.
Lee received BFA at Alfred University, Alfred, NY in 2011 and MFA at Parsons The New School for Design in 2014. He has lived in Berlin since 2018. He has exhibited works at Museum of Contemporary Art at Leipzig, Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College, Gallery Korea at Korean Cultural Center NY, Spring Break Art Fair NY, arranged the project Talk & Progress and curated a memorial exhibition of Sewol Tragedy at PG Berlin.
@ John Jay College NY, 2019
Postmodernism and Aesthetics: Collide or Steer?
@ Korean Cultural Center NY, 2018
unbag magazine, first edition