Lee Gil Rae

Lee Gil Rae is a Korean artist, who was born in Yeongam-gun in 1961. He graduated from the Kyung Hee University in 1993 with a Masters degree in sculpture. He currently lives and works in Seoul.


For the past twenty years, Lee Gil Rae has used nature as his source of inspiration, crafting intricate, organic, tree-form sculptures from steel and copper, in response to continued deforestation, depletion of natural resources and environment crisis. His works consist of surreal, leafless trees, with spiraling branches that are unnatural in structure but organic in aesthetics.


Lee Gil Rae is the recipient of several awards such as the Korea Association of Art Critics Award in 2015 or the Special Award in the 8th Great Art Exhibition of Korea in 1989. He has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide and features in numerous private and public collections such as the Seoul Museum of Art, the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Samsung Foundation of Culture, the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul or the Nampo Art Museum in South Korea.

Image courtesy of the artist