Born in Los Angeles with Korean decent


B.A., Art,  University of California, Los Angeles


M.F.A.  Pratt Institute, New York


Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship Artist-in-Residence, Vermont


Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, International Artist Residency, Gwangju, Korea


Ssamzie Space, Artist-in-Residence, Seoul


Schinkel Progressive Residency, Artist-in-Residence, Berlin

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Artist-in-Residence, Omaha, Nebraska


ARCUS Project, Artist-in-Residence, Ibaraki, Japan


Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi Creation Center International Residency, Korea


Tellus Art International Artist Residency, Goa, India

Prices and grants


Britweek T4C Art Award, Los Angeles


The Sovereign Foundation Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong


The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York


UCLA Lilian Levinson Art Fellowship, Los Angeles

Works in Public Collections

Santa Barbara Museum of Arts, Santa Barbara, California, USA

The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, USA

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

The Museum of Photography, Seoul

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi, Korea

The Sovereign Art Foundation Collection, Hong Kong, China

Borusan Holding Foundation, Istanbul

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska

Standard Charter Bank, London

Solo exhibitions


Days of Liefe, Braun-Falco Galerie, München


Here and Now, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York


BEING: Debbie Han 1985-2011, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea


The Eye of Perception, Santa Monica College Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA


The Eye of Perception, The Cat Street Contemporary Space, Hong Kong

The Eye of Perception, mbf-kunstprojekte (heute Braun-Falco Galerie), München

The Eye of Perception, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Hybrid Graces, LA Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA


DEBBIE HAN, Galeria Punto, Valencia, Spanien


Visions of Beauty, Freddie Fong Gallery, San Francisco, USA

DEBBIEHAN, Gallery Sun Contemporary, Seoul, Korea


Idealistic Oddity, Brain Factory Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Condom Series, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, USA


Sweet World, Steuben East Gallery, New York, USA

Selected group exhibitions


KENPOKU ART 2016, Ibaraki, Japan

Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Changwon, Korea

SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity, ArtsWestchester Art Center, New York

 Ladies’ Knight: A Female Perspective on Chess, World Chess Hall of Fame, St Louis


The Second Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing, China

Ladies’ Knight: A Female Perspective on Chess, World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, Missour

Ultimate Contemporary, Phillips de Pury, London  

The 70th Independence Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul


Shades of Time, Queens Museum, New York

The Armory Show, New York

Private Assembly: A Contemporary Collection, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Center, Murwillumbah, Austrailia

Time for a Change, Galerie Braun Falco, Munich

Sculpture Installation, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, New York


30X: Three Decades, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Wonder Works, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

Keep Our Planet Alive, Sanskruti Bhavan, Goa, India


Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, The Saatchi Gallery, London

Britweek T4C Award Exhibition, Farmers and Merchant Bank, Los Angeles/

The Arch Gallery, London

Thoughts on Body, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

The Moment We Live In, Pin Gallery, Beijing

The International Photography Festival, Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv

The Young Masters Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition, Sphinx Gallery, London


Elegance and Grace, Ewha Women’s University Museum, Seoul

New Acquisition, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwachun, Korea

Farrango 2011, mbf-kunstprojekte, Munich

Scope Basel, Basel


Everyday Realities, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

The Lamp of the East, Lalit Kala Academi, Mumbai

Remind, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea

The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, The Rotunda Gallery,

Hong Kong

Forming a Language of Art, The Sotheby’s, Tel Aviv


Moon Generation, Saatchi Gallery, London

Cluster, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

Dissonant Visions, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

New Digital Age, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia

The Body Speaks, TouchART Gallery, Heiri Art Valley

Debbie Han

Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA


Days of Life III, 2016

Acrylic on canvas, 102x76.2 cm

Debbie Han has been exploring over the past decade the interaction of individual experiences with social relationships in contemporary culture. She is using a broad range of media ranging from photography, sculpture, installation to painting. In the past, Debbie Han received much attention for her ‘Graces’ series which challenges the Eurocentric standard of beauty by photographing bodies of actual, present-day Asian women and combining them with prototypical western classical heads. An intensive digital work was applied to produce the marble-like, polished skin texture, which further intensifies their illusive power of these figures. These hybrid figures provoke many critical issues from art history, social values, interracial relations, to contemporary social challenges.

In her new body of work she moved back to painting creating a matrix of faces with myriad expressions embodying the individual experience of living through the vicissitudes of life.

In the series entitled “Now,” Han painted her emotional status day by day over a monthly period on a single canvas by squeezing the paint tube directly onto the canvas, allowing a quick, spontaneous gesture to depict her mood each day in an iconographic way. The accumulated mass of different facial expressions simultaneously captured a personal history of the moments in time as well as archetypal human expressions as a whole.

On the other hand, the “Days of Life” series depicts panoramic masses of faces with diverse expressions rendered in white, red and other colors, all having incorporated aspects of figuration and abstraction symbolically to express the interconnectedness of people’s lives. They reflect in essence the symbiotic relationship between the individual and modern society. Adopting the iconic symbolism of “emoticons” from contemporary virtual culture, these faces become eerie phantoms evoking primal human states. Their intricate, web-like relationship implies at the same time the connection between the micro and macro world of people and society. They ultimately address human emotions as the converging experience of human life at its core within the seeming complexities of contemporary societies.