Seo Young-Deok

Seo Young-Deok was born in 1983, in South Korea. He graduated from the environmental sculpture department of the University of Seoul in 2008. He lives and works in South Korea.


Exploring the relationship between humans and their environment, Seo Young-Deok is best known for his hyper-realistic, life-size sculptures of human figures fashioned exclusively from welded chains taken from industrial machinery and bicycles. The shapes the artist creates with this cold and dark material, whether it be a human's face with closed eyes, or a body surfacing from the background, is imbued with an emotion which is both strong and peaceful. The final uneven aspect of the outside shell of the sculptures recalls the emergence of cells being duplicated, a DNA chain intentionally left unfinished or even the complexity of modern societies.


Seo Young-Deok's work is in major collections worldwide such as the Alembic Pharmaceuticals LTD, India; the DSB s.r.l.  group, Italy; the Sungkok Art Museum, South Korea; the Gallery Hyundai, South Korea ; the E·LAND Foundation for the Arts & Culture, South Korea ; the Seongnam Arts Center, South Korea ; the Daekyo Culture Foundation, South Korea.

Image courtesy of the artist