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Cathy Choi

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Seoul, South Korea

Lives in
Brooklyn, New York

Works in
Brooklyn, New York




I have a fascination with water. Water has qualities of fluidity, rhythm, luminosity, color, movement, and ultimately, a spiritual essence. Although I am drawn to water as my source of inspiration, my art is non-representational. I want my work to have its own vitality and “life,” and be separate from an illusionary depiction of nature.

My current paintings experiment with color and unconventional materials that deepen the immediacy of the moment while merging the connection between natural phenomena and the formal aspects of painting. The cascading tips are layered until the colors achieve a certain intensity and nuance of light. Some are suspended in mid-stream as if frozen in time, like a snapshot of a specific moment in the making of the work. The bottom edges protrude outward becoming more three-dimensional. Glue gives a transparent effect while simultaneously creating a “vessel” holding paint in a pool. The multiple layers create natural forms that give it tension between the geometric and the organic. I use resin to achieve a certain “wetness.” Because the materials dry quickly, I must work quickly. This spontaneous reaction keeps my process open-ended and puts me in a place that is more intuitive, stimulating an impulsive drive. The process itself becomes a driving force that flows from within and becomes an innate response with no predetermined end.  

Representing Gallery

Margaret Thatcher Projects



Master of Fine Arts, American University, Washington, D.C., (Perugia, Italy)
Bowling Green State University, (S.A.C.I., Florence, Italy)

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Graphic Design

Solo Exhibitions

Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York (forthcoming)

Solo Exhibition

539 W 23rd St Ground Floor New York, NY 10011

May 1 – May 31, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday May 1, 2014 6 – 8PM

Pushing Paint, Recent Paintings, Brooklyn, NY

Galerie des Kulturburos, Zurich, Switzerland

Galerie Karrer, Zurich, Switzerland

Millport Conservancy & Gallery, Lititz, PA

Group Exhibitions

Catch as Catch Can, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Eye Candy, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

Surface Tension, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Summer Rotation, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

Mic-Check, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, NY

Small Works, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Galerie Commercio, Zurich, Switzerland

Wall Painting, Ausstelungsraum 25, Zurich, Switzerland
Monchhof Galerie Wehrli, Kilchberg, Zurich, Switzerland

Peter Noser, Swissca, Zurich, Switzerland
Monchhof Galerie Wehrli, Kilchberg, Zurich, Switzerland

Seven, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

Duncan & Miller Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Galerie Karrer, Zurich, Switzerland
Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, Washington, D.C.
Strictly Painting, Emerson Gallery, McLean, VA, McLean Project for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

Print Show, Watkins Gallery, Washington, D.C., National Society of Arts & Letters


Arte Insieme, Girasole Competition, Corciano, Italy, First Place

Bowling Green State University, Full Scholarship
Jules Maidoff Scholarship, S.A.C.I., Florence, Italy
Chautaqua Summer Residency Program, Chautauqua, NY

Art Director’s Club of Philadelphia, 59th Annual Awards Show

I.D. Magazine, Annual Design Review ‘94
AIGA, Communication Graphics ‘94, Annual Design Review, Graphic Design USA 15

I.D. Magazine, Annual Design Review ‘93
AIGA, Communication Graphics ‘93, Annual Design Review, Graphic Design USA 14
CA, Communication Arts, Annual Design Review


Carifano Banco, Cassa di Risparmio di Fano SpA, Perugia, Italy

Recent Exhibits

Cathy Choi participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2016 Summer Breeze
Margaret Thatcher Projects
Jul, 2014 Turn Up the Heat
Margaret Thatcher Projects
May, 2014 Ambient Pressure
Margaret Thatcher Projects
Jul, 2013 Faculty Exhibition
National Academy School
Jul, 2013 Catch as Catch Can
Margaret Thatcher Projects
Mar, 2012 Surface Tension
Margaret Thatcher Projects
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