‘What kind of truth is contained in the reality exposed through painting? Jisan Ahn's paintings deeply investigate into the questions regarding the truth of image. Ahn createds paintings which play the never-ending game of tug-of-war between the world's truth or falsity, reality or virtual and the realistic or delusional. He brings together all the elements, situations and events that cause anxiety from his memory into the studio. His painting manifests as a Dionysian stage in which work environment, reality, psychological territory, stimulated associations and the concealed and suppressed world mix together. Prior to painting, he attempts to widen his pictorial senses, naturally acquainting himself with sensations easily lost on flat surfaces by picture collages, reenactment through physical activity, and miniature model settings. He extends boundaries of painting with his own intimate visual language based on physical experience. The artist's questions concerning the condition of death that is image leads to an exploration of the reality of painting. Ahn's paintings go beyond the substance of painting, towards the basic and fundamental humanity and the world of endless darkness.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Curator  Somi Sim







Born in Busan, Korea

Live & Work in Seoul, Korea




Frank Mohr International Masters, MFA Painting, NL


Korea National University of Arts, BFA Fine Art, KR / 한국 예술 종합 학교, 조형예술 학사 전공


2013 - 2014

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 라익스 아카데미 레지던시

Fellowships and stipends


Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul, KR


SeMA, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KR

2013 - 2014

Arts Council Korea, Seoul, KR

Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, NL



Buning Brongers Prijzen 2014, Amsterdam, NL

Solo Exhibition


Storm is coming, Arario gallery, Seoul, KR


Everday ; After Storm, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL


'Cut-Out', Johyun Gallery, Busan, KR


'Untitled', Zaha Museum, Seoul, KR


'fly-er', Hapjungjigu, Seoul, KR


'Hunt', Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL


'White Night', Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Group Exhibitions


P hang the painting. P는 그림을 걸었다, D/P낙원상가, Seoul, KR

The 13th Hesitation, 13번째 말설임, Arario gallery, Cheonan, KR


그림, 그리다 Painting, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, KR

The Adventures of Korean Contemporary Painting: I will go away all by myself, Special Exhibition Gallery MMCA Cheongju, KR

Support SARUBIA , Sarubia Art space, Seoul, KR


NANA LAND, Savina Museum, Seoul, KR

SARUBIA 기금마련전, Sarubia Art space, Seoul, KR


'Seoul Sessions', Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL

'IRONY & IDEALISM', Kunsthalle Münster, Münster, DE


'IRONY & IDEALISM', KF Gallery, Seoul, KR

'IRONY & IDEALISM', Gyeonggi Museum, Ansan, KR

'Media Study : Tension and Relaxation', Deagu Art Museum, Deagu, KR

The Painting Show, Goyang Aram Art Museum, Goyang, KR


Intuitive Landscape, Gallery Arario, Seoul, KR 

ASIA Young 36, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, KR

관계적 시간/Emerging Other, Arko Art Center, Seoul, KR

Lust for Life, We Like  Art with Galerie Bart, Westergasfabriek, Machinegebouw, Pazzanistraat 8, Amsterdam, NL

LUMC Collection Show 2014-2015, Gallery LUMC, Leiden, NL


Parallel Stories, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

The Affair of Painting, Minerva Art Academy, Groningen, NL

Black Variation, Space BM, Seoul, KR

Pause & Gesture, Duo Exhibition, Gallery SKAPE, Seoul, KR

I Amsterdam You Berlin with Galerie Bart, St. Johaness Evangelist Church, Berlin, DE 


Rijksakademie OPEN 2014, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

'The Beauty of The Difference', Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen, NL

Buning Brongers Prijzen 2014, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

'Nieuw, Nieuwer,Nieuwst-Schilders in beeld', LUMC gallery, Liden, NL

'We Like Art', Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL


Rijksakademie OPEN 2013, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

Preview Berlin, Galerie Bart, Berlin, DE

Opening exhibition Elandsgracht 16, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL


'Into the Labyrinth', Garage, Rotterdam, NL

'Raw Art', Galerie Bart, Rotterdam, NL

'In Vetrina #2', Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague, NL

'How Art Things?', Nest, The Hague, NL  

'Preview Berlin', Galerie Bart, Berlin, DE

'In Vetrina' Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague, NL  

KunstRAI with Galerie Bart, RAI Amsterdam, NL

5th Anniversary group exhibition, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL


‘Nieuwe Oogst 2011’. Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL

‘Nieuwe Oogst 2011’. Bart Kunst in Huis, Nijmegen, NL

‘The Importance of Being Frank’. Munnikeholm 1, Groningen, NL

‘Too young to fall asleep, too cynical to speak’. Frank Mohr International Masters, Groningen, NL

‘FMI Masters presents’. Departement voor Filosofie en Kunst, Assen, NL


‘Alternative Modernity?’. MFA Masters, Groningen, NL

Wallhouse #2, Groningen, NL


National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, KR

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, KR

Arario Museum, Seoul, KR

Zaha Museum, Seoul, KR

Deagu Art Museum, Deagu, KR

LUMC art collection, Leiden, NL

Goo House, Yangpyeong,KR

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL