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Moonassi 무나씨 (b. 1980), also known as Daehyun Kim, has became famous on the Korean and international creative and artistic scene as an illustrator and painter since 2008. His drawings, with their clean, graphic style, have won over an eclectic clientele – from the Maison Kitsuné label to the luxury house Hermès, via the famous American daily The New York Times – while his paintings are exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe and Asia.
From his training in traditional Korean painting, Moonassi retains the use of materials – paper, ink, water – as well as the spiritual essence – representing feelings rather than likeness. In a very contemporary aesthetic, he deploys large black flat tints from which emerge characters evolving in enigmatic, silent landscapes. The sceneries, which sometimes seem to touch on surrealism, are inspired by the artist’s memories and poetic imagination. Conceived as metaphysical explorations of the human condition, Moonassi’s singular works offer an infinite palette of emotions, plunging us into a dreamlike universe of multiple interpretations.

Personal exhibitions

2024 Murmures, Galerie Vazieux, Paris, FR
2023 Mind Collector, Art Busan with EverydayMooonday Gallery, Busan, KR
2022 SMIM, EverydayMooonday Gallery, Seoul, KR
2022 Face to Face, Ascend Gallery, Hong Kong, HK
2021 MOHO, EverydayMooonday Gallery, Seoul, KR
2020 Moo Nothing, TKOE, Busan, KR
2020 Wait and See, Busan Contemporary Art Center, KR
2018 Mind like fire, Art Projects Gallery, Hong Kong, HK
2017 Ephemeral Silhouettes, K+ Art Space, Singapour, SG
2016 Embraceable You, Laszka Gallery, Oslo, NO
2015 Draw a Curtain, Lateral ArtSpace, Cluj-Napoca, RO
2015 You’re surreal, Daelim D-project space, Seoul, KR
2010 I want to be like I wasn’t there, Brain Factory Gallery, Seoul, KR

Groups exhibitions

2024 Taipei Dangdai with Galerie Vazieux, Paris, FR
2022 Vanguards of the Cosmos, Everyday Mooonday Gallery, Seoul, KR
2022 Fairy Tales, Shinsegae Gallery, Busan, KR
2021 Shadow Esquisse; In May, Pageroom8, Seoul, KR
2020 The tip of an iceberg, IN Gallery, Seoul, KR
2019 I Draw, Daelim D-Museum, Seoul, KR
2018 L’Autre, Espace Commines, Paris, FR
2018 Art Taipei 2018, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, TW
2018 Le immagini della fantasia 36, IT
2018 Querencia, LJA Gallery, Seoul, KR
2017 DUALITY, WYN317, Miami, USA
2017 Being Mountains, Being Seas, Lateral Artspace, Cluj-Napoca, RO
2017 Go Figure, SpokeArt, NYC, USA
2016 Nang-Man-Chang-Jeon, Art Museum KNU, Daegu-si, KR
2016 Eye9 Intro, Sai Gallery, Seoul, KR
2016 Secret Garden, Seoul Museum, KR
2016 MUES, Galerie 24b, Paris, FR
2016 Jikji Goldenseed, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju, KR
2016 Ritual, Royal Gallery, Seoul, KR
2016 Sim-Ja-Han, Seoul Palace, KR
2016 Festival de street-art BUKRUK, Speedygrandma gallery, Bangkok, TH
2015 Dessiner l’invisible, Galerie 24b, Paris, FR
2015 Silent Movies, Cavendish Square, London, UK
2015 EYE9, En Attendant Godot, The Gallery, Seoul, KR
2014 Illustrators 56 part 1 and 2, American Illustration Museum, NYC, USA
2010 New Vision 2010, Touch Art Gallery, Pa-ju, KR
2009 Conjunction – Artist of Media, JungMiSo Gallery, Seoul, KR

Selected works