Artist based out of Austin, Texas
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Lauren Hana Chai was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii being the first of her family to be born in the United States. Raised by her grandparents who are from South Korea, she grew up with dual cultures. She was raised very traditional with a Korean lifestyle at home, while at the same time being immersed in the western world outside. In 2010, Lauren moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art University and graduated in 2015 with her BFA in painting.

Lauren uses unconventional mediums with mixed media as well as working with her first love, oils. The mixed media brings together different elements which is a reflection of her identity, a clash of traditional and modern, eastern and western. She paints issues such as taboo, feminism, sexuality, violation and oppression. Lauren also explores the abstract Korean cultural innate trait called "Han". 

Chai on her North Korea related work:

"As I grew older and became more interested in my Korean background, learning about North Korea started to become somewhat of a fascinating and heartbreaking obsession for me. I later found out that my grandmother was separated from her own brother during the divide and they were never able to see or hear each other again. It is so painful for her that she can't even tell me the story herself, I had to hear about it from another family member, and I could not have the heart to ask her about it. As a visual artist, images of North Korea and it's people--our people--really turned my stomach and naturally I wanted to paint them. As an American and a Korean, I want to shed more light on the issues of North Korea not just as a secluded "Hermit Kingdom" but as a part of the rest of the world, especially with current events today show, the actions of one can affect many."

 

 

Education

2015     BFA Academy of Art University

 

Awards

2015     Academy of Art University Annual Spring Show, 2nd Place Contemporary, Juror: Craig Nelson

2014     Academy of Art University Annual Spring Show, Director’s Choice, Juror: Craig Nelson


Solo Exhibitions

2018     [UPCOMING] Asian American Resource Center, Austin, Texas

2018     [UPCOMING] Prizer Art Gallery, Austin, Texas

2017     "Lauren Hana Chai: A Search For Self", The Korean Cultural Center, Houston, Texas

2016     "Last Known Locations", The Little Raven Gallery, San Francisco, California

2014     “Femme Fatale”, The Royale, San Francisco, California, Curator: Trevor Martin

2013     “Faces, Self-Exploration, Eroticsm”, Public Barber Salon, San Francisco, California


Group Exhibitions
 

2017    [UPCOMING] Art Room Gallery, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

2017    "BAD GIRLS", Cactus Gallery, LA, CA

2017    "Six: Small Works," Art Room Gallery, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

2017    "Metamorphosis", The Forbidden Gallery, Greenville, TX

2016    "Holiday Group Show", Davis Gallery, Austin, TX

2015    "STROKE", Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Kevin Moore

2015    “Spring Show Exhibition”, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2014    “Bijou”, The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, San Francisco, CA

2014    “Bio Collective”, The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Daniel Segrove

2014    “Speakeasy Fine Art Exhibition”, 32 East Main St., Los Gatos, CA, Curator: Shari Flick

2014    “Spring Show Exhibition”, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2014    “Dirty Works”, Wicked Grounds, San Francisco, CA

2014    “International Women’s Day Ninkasi Night”, BrewLab SF, San Francisco, CA, Curator: Alison Dubois

2014    “Multiverse”, Revere Tattoo, Hayward, CA, Curator: Hiro Hayashi

2013    “Spring Show Exhibition”, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
 

Bibliography
 

"[뉴스풍경] 한국계 미국인 화가의 북한그림 전시회," Voice of America Korea (VoA) 미국의 소리, May 12, 2017: http://www.voakorea.com/a/3849634.html

"채하나 작품 전시회," Korea Daily Texas 중앙 일보, May 26, 2017: http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?branch=DA&art_id=5296410

"채하나 작가 ‘자아를 찾아서’ 미술 전시회 개최," Korea Daily Texas 중앙 일보, May 18, 2017: http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?page=1&branch=DA&source=DA&category=&art_id=5273869

"Lauren Hana Chai 인공물 South Korea," Blnc Mag No. 6, March 6th, 2017: https://www.blnc-mag.com/asian/2017/2/16/artifact

"In Conversation: Lauren Chai," Han Type Co, April 2016: http://hantype.co/conversation-lauren-chai/

"Fine Art Alum Lauren Chai Sends Love to Her Missing Mother With Series of Paintings," Academy of Art Newspaper, March 2016: http://academyartunews.com/newspaper/2016/03/lauren_chai.html

"LAUREN CHAI’S ‘DREAM OF THE FISHERMAN’S WIFE’," Juxtapoz Magazine, August 10, 2013, online.