Kim Keun-Tai (b. 1953, Seoul, Korea) graduated from the Chung-Ang University in Seoul. Kim had his first solo exhibition in 1988, and he has since had works exhibited both at home and overseas: Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the US. While he is often associated with the Dansaekhwa (單色畫) movement, through deep philosophical and aesthetic research he has always sought to go beyond the conceptual limits. At a time when his contemporaries were primarily preoccupied with making figuration known as hyper-realism, the young artists’ attempt to reverse the older generation’s abstract art: Kim showed more of an affinity towards Dansaekhwa (單色畫).
He remained loyal to his own interests and temperaments, the realm in which material characteristics and interaction of medium played a significant role in artistic development. Between 2005 and 2015, he devoted himself entirely to work and meditation and his work remained confidential for a while. his artwork gradually came into favour amongst critics and collectors. It is now considered one of the most original forms of contemporary Korean abstraction.