Minjae Lee is an self-taught artist, born in 1989, living in South Korea. His bold, colorful collage-like drawings of faces are unbelievably detailed.
All of his hand-illustrated portraits exude beauty and a subdued sense of innocence, blanketed by a looming sense of peril that is hard to ignore. His bold use of color is a direct expression of mood and emotion.
What characterizes his work overall is drama. The ethereal females that populate most of his work exude a dark, organic tension, and it seems that even the brightest marker colors do not quite manage to save them from some sort of looming peril. Or are we, the viewers, in fact, the ones who are in danger? Whatever the case, we are drawn in, interacting on an emotional level, surprised, looking for something
– Tuija Seipell