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Sangsoo Lee

The vibrantly coloured and elegantly crafted sculptures of Sangsoo Lee demonstrate continuity and express an appreciation for animals.

Seoul, Korea

Cat with a Ball

As a fond observer of animals and nature, Sangsoo uses his talents to reveal the beauty of simplicity. It is said that his work resembles "drawing in the air".


Parrot 2

Siamese Cat

Abstract Shape 2

Dachshund 2

How long have you been an artist, and what did you do prior to making art?

20 years. [I used to] watch videos of animals and make sketches.

What motivates you to create?

It's an idea that comes to mind. It passes through your head like lightning in an instant. In order not to forget it, I remember it and make it exist by working on it.

"My work tends to focus on sensuous forms"

You draw your ideas using digital paintings and then you make them in real life. Why do you choose to sculpt them?

The painting is in an imaginary space, but the sculpture is real. You can see, you can touch, and you can feel the air. It exists as human beings exist. Since we live in a three-dimensional space, it is attractive to do three-dimensional art.


Walking People

Horse 5


A lot of your work is of animals and nature. Do you love animals?

I like to observe animals. Each animal has their own characteristics. It is the mystery of nature and the homage of evolution.

Do you have any pets?

I do not have pets. However, there are many cats around my studio. I like cats the most.

What materials do you use to make your sculptures?

For small works less than 1 meter in size, I use plastic material, and for larger ones, I use stainless steel.

Lovely Yellow


Colouring Process

After Coloring

Cat with Ball




How would you describe your artwork?

Usually, a drawing made on a two-dimensional paint board is reproduced in a three-dimensional space. The lines in the space are constructed as if they are moving, and the shape is formed to induce interest in the work. Lines, planes, and colors are important elements in my work. The expression method consisting of minimal lines is formatively light, and the four sides of the square pillars are visually enriched through bright colors.

Horse 4


Flamingo: Ready to Colour


Has your work changed over the years?

In the past, I worked on human philosophy or the essence of art. However, those things made the work obsolete, and neither the work nor the process became fun.

Now, I get rid of philosophy and ideas, focus on the shape and color of my work, and work while having fun. I realized the simplest work was the best work. The less honest you are about your work, the more you talk.

Sangsoo, with an overview of the production process:

The lines drawn on the two-dimensional sketchbook determine the flow and shape of the work. It becomes three-dimensional in a virtual three-dimensional space. And through various media (3d printer, cad, laser, welding), the work becomes real.


Three Horses on Desk






Have you ever faced a creative challenge? If so, how did you overcome it?

[Heading into] the era of the 4th industrial revolution, many technologies, programs, and machines are developing. The artist must know how to use them well. So I keep studying many programs and machines.

Are there any people who support you and your work?

None. So, I have to sell my work so I can continue working with that money.

In the process of creating work, what have you learned about yourself?

There is nothing in the world that goes my way. However, as much as I do, it is my own way.

Works on the Truck

Horse with Tree


Horse 1


Abstract Shape

My work is simple and neat. [This] is the attractive point. That's why it must have a high degree of completion. You have to work very sensitively to improve the completeness from start to finish. You have to keep getting nervous.

What has been your most rewarding experience as an artist? What are you proud of?

[When I] receive praise from colleagues and visitors, and when collectors purchase my works.

What are your future goals?

That I become famous, so many people know my work, and many collectors want to purchase the work. It is my dream rather than a goal.

You can view more of Sangsoo's sculptures on his Instagram account!

Instagram: @artsangsoo

Read the interview below in Korean:

아래 인터뷰를 한국어로 읽으십시오:

예술가로 활동 한 지 얼마나되었으며, 예술을 만들기 전에 무엇을 했습니까?

20 년. [전에는] 동물 영상을보고 스케치를했습니다.

당신이 창조하는 동기는 무엇입니까?

떠오르는 아이디어입니다. 순식간에 번개처럼 머리를 통과합니다. 잊지 않기 위해 기억하고 작업함으로써 존재하게합니다.

"내 작업은 감각적 인 형태에 집중하는 경향이 있습니다."

디지털 페인팅을 사용하여 아이디어를 그린 다음 실생활에서 만듭니다. 왜 그들을 조각하기로 선택합니까?

그림은 상상의 공간에 있지만 조각은 실제입니다. 볼 수 있고 만질 수 있고 공기를 느낄 수 있습니다. 인간이 존재하는 것처럼 존재합니다. 우리는 입체적인 공간에 살고 있기 때문에 입체 예술을하는 것이 매력적입니다.

당신의 많은 작업은 동물과 자연입니다. 동물을 좋아합니까?

나는 동물을 관찰하는 것을 좋아합니다. 각 동물에는 고유 한 특성이 있습니다. 그것은 자연의 신비이자 진화의 경의입니다.

당신은 어떤 애완 동물을해야합니까?

나는 애완 동물이 없습니다. 하지만 스튜디오 주변에는 고양이가 많이 있습니다. 나는 고양이를 가장 좋아합니다.

조각품을 만들기 위해 어떤 재료를 사용합니까?

크기가 1m 미만인 작은 작품에는 플라스틱 소재를 사용하고 큰 작품에는 스테인리스 스틸을 사용합니다.

작품을 어떻게 설명 하시겠습니까?

일반적으로 2 차원 페인트 판에 그려진 그림은 3 차원 공간에서 재현됩니다. 공간 속의 선은 움직이는 것처럼 구성되고, 작품에 대한 흥미를 유발하는 형태를 형성한다. 선, 평면 및 색상은 제 작업에서 중요한 요소입니다. 최소한의 선으로 구성된 표현법은 조형 적으로 가볍고 사각 기둥의 네면은 밝은 색상을 통해 시각적으로 풍부 해집니다.

수년에 걸쳐 작업이 변경 되었습니까?

과거에는 인간 철학이나 예술의 본질에 대해 연구했습니다. 그러나 그런 것들이 일을 쓸모 없게 만들었고 일도 과정도 즐거워지지 않았습니다.

이제는 철학과 아이디어를 버리고 작업의 형태와 색에 집중하고 재미있게 작업합니다. 가장 단순한 작업이 최고의 작업임을 깨달았습니다. 일에 대해 덜 정직할수록 더 많이 이야기합니다.

Sangsoo는 생산 과정에 대한 개요를 제공합니다.

2 차원 스케치북에 그려진 선은 작품의 흐름과 형태를 결정합니다. 가상의 3 차원 공간에서 3 차원이됩니다. 그리고 다양한 매체 (3D 프린터, CAD, 레이저, 용접)를 통해 작업이 현실이됩니다.