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Ran Hwang’s oversized installations are intricate and poetic. From far, they transforms into a Buddha, a temple, a chandelier or a bird. When you look closely, you get surprised by the extreme level of detail in her work and the unusual materials. The artist nails thousands of pins and buttons, using these as pixels on a screen which creates mind-boggling silhouetted images.

"My immense wall installations are extremely time consuming and repetitive manual work. This is a form of meditative practice that helps me find my inner peace." Ran Hwang sees her work as a form of performance that leads to finding oneself. She hammers her spins on the wall like monks practicing Zen. That sense of peace is conveyed in her artwork, which invites the viewer to attempt to reach the state of fulfillment promoted by Buddhist philosophy.

Pins are often used to hold buttons onto the surface to form an image. The artist uses buttons because they are common and ordinary, like the existence of human beings. No adhesive is used so the buttons are free to stay and move, which implies the genetic human tendency to be irresolute. In other works, a massive number of pins connect yards of thread suggesting connections between human beings and a communication network between seemingly unlinked human experiences.

Ran Hwang is a Korean-born artist working in New York and Seoul. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has exhibited her work at several international institutions including the Queens Museum of Art, New York; the Chelsea Art Museum, New York; the Seoul Art Center Museum; and the Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju Island. Her work is also a part of numerous private and public collections including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; the Hammond Museum, North Salem, New York; and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong.




Ran Hwang by Inception Gallery

Ran Hwang by Inception Gallery

Ran Hwang by Inception Gallery





2019   Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium

2017   Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore

          Leila Heller Gallery, New York

2015   UNESCO Paris Headquarters, Paris

          MASS MoCA - Hunter Center Mezzanine, MA

          International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), Cardenas Gallery, Texas, USA

2014   Third Floor-Hermès Singapore, Singapore

          Leila Heller Gallery, New York

          Asian Art Works, 798 Beijing, China

2012   Leila Heller Gallery, New York

2010   Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009   Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2008   ACAF (Asian Contemporary Art Fair), Pier 92, Special Exhibition, New York

2007   2X13 Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2006   Hass Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA, USA

2005   Open Studio, Vermont Studio Art Center, Jonson Vermont U.S.A

2004   Hutchins Gallery, Long Island University, NewYork

2002   Hudson River Gallery, New York

           Yee Mook Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2001    Hudson River Gallery, New York

2000   Artsnal Gallery, Paris

1999    Hudson River Gallery, New York



2016    Re:visioning HANJI (Two Person Show), Korean Cultural Service, New York, USA

2015    Reincarnation, Asian Art Works, Busan, South Korea

2005   Refresh! _Curated by Lilly Wei, 2x13 Gallery, New York

           When Art Encounters Fashion, Space Shin Choi, New York



2019   Then and Now: Contemporary Asian Art, Hermitage Museum & Gardens, Virginia, USA  

2018   Infinite Blue, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA           

           Connected: The AHL Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Awards Exhibition,  AHL Foundation,             

           Yonsei University Dental Hospital, Seoul, Korea             

           POSTMODERNISM AND AESTHETICS: COLLIDE OR STEER, Korea Cultural Center, New York, USA           

           Paper Moon, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymno, Greece           

           PASSION. CONTINUED: A Wave of Peace from Korea to the World, Asia Week New York            

           Special Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center of New York, USA           

           PASSION. CONTINUED. 100X100, PyeongChang 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Special           

           Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center NY, New York, USA

2017   Infinite Blue, Brooklyn Museum, New York

          Mykonos Biennale, Trans Allegoria

2016   Art & Life, Art Space Ben, Seoul

          AHL Foundation 13th Annual Benefit Gala, New York

          Material Girls, Contemporary Calgary, Alberta, Canada

          Pinned Stitched and Glitzed, Asian Art Works, Beijing, 

          Viewing The Past Thru Modern Eyes, Kang Collection, New York, USA

          Lady Dior As Seen By, House of Dior, Seoul, South Korea; World Tour   exhibition

          Material Girls, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Ontario,       

          Water, KANEKO, NE, USA

2015   AHL Foundation 12th Annual Benefit Gala, New York

          Regeneration, Opera Gallery Paris, Paris

          Pinned Stitched and Glitzed, Anya and Andrew Shiva   Art Gallery, NY

          Summer Show, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

          Accidental Encounter, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

          Diverse Works: Director’s Choice, 1997-2015, Brooklyn Museum, New York

          Arts in Spring, Guangzhou Library, Guangzhou, China

          Material Girls, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

2014   Asian Collection, Asian Art Works, Beijing

          The Lineage of Vision, Korean Cultural Service, New York

          AHL Foundation 11th Annual Benefit Gala, New York

          MASS MoCA 15th Anniversary Benefit, New York

          Art International Istanbul (Leila Heller Gallery), Istanbul, Turkey

          Mix & Match, Artspace Ben, Seoul

          Annual Watermill Summer Benefit Auction, The Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY

          The Archives of Korean-American Artists, Queens Museum of Art, New York

          The Fabergè Big Egg Hunt, New York

          The Armory Show, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

2013   Abu Dhabi Art, Kashya Hildebrand gallery, Abu Dhabi

          Korea International Art Fair-Vip Lounge, AAW Beijing, Korea

          Paths to Peace, Hammond Museum Guild Hall Gallery, New York

          Living Room, Asian Art Works, Busan, Korea

          Summer Group Show, Leila Heller Gallery, NY, USA

          Freedom: Just another word for…,Kidspace@ Mass Moca, North Adams, MA

          Transparencies: Contemporary Art and A History of Glass, Des Moines Art Center

2012   Media Variegations, Asian Art Works, 798 Beijing

          L'Asie en Vogue Exhibition, Pagoda Paris Gallery, France

          Peekskill Project V, HVCCA-Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY

          Conference of Birds, CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey

          FIFTH ANNUAL QUEENS ART EXPRESS, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, NY

          VIP Art Fair 2.0, Leila Heller Gallery, NY

2011    Aha Moment!, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Art Center, Seoul Korea,

          AHL FoundationAnnual Auction, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

          Sofia International Paper Art Biennale 2011, Sofia, Bulgaria

          Finding Flow, Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeju Island, Korea

2010   Foundation, Gala Auction, Arario Gallery, New York

          B.I.E.N.N.A.L.E + ONE, Kwang-ju, Korea

          Fokus Lodz Biennale 2010, Lodz, Poland

2009   Kaleidoscope, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

          Beginning of New Era, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

          Triple of Light, mnav (Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales), Uruguay

2008   KIAF (Korean International Art Fair), COEX, 2x13 Gallery, Seoul

           Facial of Art- 20 Years Anniversary exhibition, Seoul Art Center Museum, Seoul

2007    Incarnation, Hammond Museum, New York

           Drawing the Line - Against Domestic Violence-Auction, The Metropolitan Pavilion,

           Woman in Love, Tenri Gallery, New York


2017    LA Art Show 2017, LA, USA

2016    Context Art Miami 2016, Miami, USA

           KIAF 2016 (Korean International Art Fair), Seoul

2015    Context Art Miami 2015, Miami, USA

           Art Busan 2015, Busan, South Korea

           Art 15, London, UK

           Art Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2014    Scope Miami, Miami, USA

           Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE

           Art International Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

           The Armory Show, New York

2013    Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2012    VIP Art Fair 2.0, New York

2008   KIAF (Korean International Art Fair), COEX, Seoul, South Korea



2015    Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, New York

           International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), Artist in Residency, Texas, USA

2014    Third Floor-Hermès of Hermes Foundation, Selected for 2014 program, Singapore

           Mass MoCA, Residency Program, MA, USA

           AAW Artist Studio Residency, Asian Art Works, Beijing, China

2011     PS122 STUDIO Residency Program, New York

2006   AAI-Artist Alliance, Lower East Side-Rotating & Long Term Studio Program, New York

2005   Full Fellow ship, Vermont Studio Center Residency Program, Vermont, U.S.A

2004   Gold Prize, AHL Foundation (Korean American), Annual Arts Competition, New York

1995    Gold Prize, Korean Watercolor Association, Seoul, Korea



2017     NYU Langone Medical Center, New York

2016     Dubai Opera House, Dubai, UAE

            Christian Dior, Paris (Artwork commission for Lady Dior As Seen By), France

2015     Pullman Kaifeng Hotel (Artwork Dimension: W463cm x W940cm), Zhengzhou, China

            Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

2014     Royal Caribbean International Anthem of the Seas AFT Wall Art

            (Artwork Dimension: W360cm x L2340cm), USA

            Third Floor-Hermes, Singapore

2013     Peninsula Hotel, Paris

            King County Library in Issaquah, WA, USA

            Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA

2012     Brooklyn Museum, New York

2011      Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong

2010     New York Plaza Hotel, New York

2009    National Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank, Seoul, South Korea

2005    Hammond museum, New York

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