Born in Seoul, Korea

Works and lives in Los Angeles, USA



MFA   California Institute of the Arts, USA

BFA     Kong-ju National University, Korea



For Sung Jae Lee, arduous and repetitive artistic labor is both the gateway to the relief of anxiety and compulsion and a necessity to portray the infinitesimal parts of whole objects. Objects that are minute, delicate, and unpredictable are expanded in his works, and his meticulous details draw oppositions between parts and entireties in his videos, installations, and drawings. Complexities build up simplicities, fragilities compose stabilities, and nothingness becomes something. Through such works and processes, Sungjae Lee’s creations move very subtly, continuously transform, and/or gradually disappear as if they never existed. Sungjae Lee earned his BFA at Kong-Ju National University in South Korea studying cartoons and animations, and MFA at California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation program. By participating in Hyundai Motors’ 1st VH AWARD, affiliated with Ars Electronica, his 10-channel video Avyakrta: The Unanswered Questions was exhibited in both Vision Hall at Hyundai Motors University where is equipped with the largest media displayer in Asia, and in 8K Deep Space at Ars Electronica. Also, during the Studios at MASS MoCA residency, he developed his nylon thread installation that is engaged with a subtle motion, titled Floating Drawing: Spherical Sphere, and exhibited it at 825 gallery in Los Angeles.


Solo Exhibition

2019    「Her Real Secret: Onement」    Joshua Tree Highland Artist Residency  Joshua Tree, USA

2018    「Partial Entirety」    Gallery 825   Los Angeles, USA

2015    「This Uncertain Conversation」    California Institute of the Arts Valencia, USA

2014    「Extinction」    California Institute of the Arts   Valencia, USA


Group Exhibition

2019    「Asia Digital Art Exhibition: Symbiosis」     No.6 Chuangye Road, Haidian District     Beijing, China

2019    「NYLON ThinkVision Art Exhibition」     Ullens Center for Contemporary Art     Beijing, China

2019    「LA ART SHOW: DIVERSartLA」     Los Angeles Convention Center     Los Angeles, USA

2018    「Encounter Korea」     Southern Utah Museum of Art     Cedar City, USA

2018    「2018 California Open Exhibition」     Tag Gallery     Los Angeles, USA

2018    「Hecho a Mano: Made by Hand」     Gallery 825     Los Angeles, USA

2018    「Vibrant Matter + Maiden L.A.」     Beacon Arts Building     Inglewood, USA

2018    「Currents New Media 2018」     El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe     Santa Fe, USA

2018    「CIRCUMSTANCES: 24th Annual Juried Art Exhibition」     KCCLA     Los Angeles, USA

2018    「Infinite Undoing」      Galleri 2987     Detroit, USA

2018    「Cube Art Project」      ColorKey Media LLC     Lincoln, USA

2017    「95th Annual All Media」      Ann Arbor Art Center   Ann Arbor, USA

2017    「Cheongju Craft Biennale: Hands+ embrace」      The Old Cheongju Tobacco Processing Plant   Cheongju, Korea

2017    「Aggregate Animated Shorts」      ASG Gallery   Oakland, USA

2017    「VS」    Gallery 825     Los Angeles, USA

2017    「MULTIPLE FEEDS」    Gallery 825     Los Angeles, USA

2016    「RADICAL ATOMS」    Deep space 8k     Ars electronica in Linz, Austria

2016    「VH AWARD」    Vision Hall     Yong-in, Korea

2015    「FFE2015」    Pearl Conrad Art Gallery     Mansfield, USA

2015    「Tech+ Art」    Ann Arbor Art Center     Ann Arbor, USA

2014    「ASYAAF 2014」    Seoul 284     Seoul284, Korea

2014    「Digital Art Expo」    California Institute of the Arts     Valencia, USA

2014    「Showcase 2014」    RedCat     Los Angeles, USA

2013    「Danwon Art Festival 2013」    Danwon Art Museum     An-san, Korea

2013    「GIAF 2013」    Sejong Center for the Performing Arts    Seoul, Korea

2012    「ASYAAF 2012」    Seoul 284     Seoul284, Korea

2012    「GIAF 2012」    Sejong Center for the Performing Arts     Seoul, Korea

2011    「Create Arts with ten thousand won! 」    Daejeon Museum of Art     Daejeon, Korea



2018    Lumen Prize」 in London   Moving Image Award

2018    CIRCUMSTANCES」    Best of Show

2017    「Aggregate Animated Shorts」    Jurors' choice award: Honorable Mentioned

2016    「VH AWARD」    Finalist

2015    「Tech+ Art」    2nd Place

2013    「Danwon Art Festival 2013」    Excellence Prize

2012    「ASYAAF 2012」    ASYAAF Prize in Media Art

2012    「GIAF 2012」    Prize by the head of association



2019     「Joshua Tree highlands Artist Residency」     Joshua Tree, California, USA

2018     「Vermont Studio Center」     Johnson, Vermont, USA

2017     「Studios at MASS MoCA」     North Adams, Massachusetts, USA