Hometown: South Korea
Lives and Works: South Korea
Born as the youngest son of Ryu Gyeong-chae (1920-1995), a pioneer in the field of Korean abstract painter, and a playwright Kang Sung-hui (1921-2009), Ryu In left an indelible mark on Korea’s contemporary sculpture history before his passing at the age of 43. He launched his career as a sculptor from a strong desire to escape from the shadows of his father and an irrepressible desire to work with the materiality of soil. Depicting precise and powerful human body to the Korean art world in the ‘80s and ‘90s, he introduced new figurative sculptures by incorporating formal properties, along with the first combination of sculpture and installation. Adopting new modes of expression for traditional depictions of the human body, Ryu In won a number of prestigious awards, and became known as a great genius of his time. However, due to excessive drinking and a variety of physical ailments including tuberculosis, hepatocirrhosis, and arthritis, he passed away at the age of 43.
He featured reconstructions of the most dramatic scenes, fusing the extraordinary senses he inherited from his father who was a leading figure in abstract art, a talent in stage production his mother gifted him with, and a unique sense of imagination, based on realistic representation. His innovative spatial interpretation conveys fundamental anxiety, indignation, and complex along with a powerful desire for life as an innate drive in humanity, expressed through distortions or transformations of realistically represented human bodies and theatrical props.
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