황 란

Ran Hwang  (b. 1960)

photo courtesy of the artist

한국에서 태어나 뉴욕에서 활동 중인 황란 작가는 삶과 죽음의 순환, 가시성과 비가시성, 그리고 찰나의 아름다움을 크고 상징적인 이미지로 형상화한다. 일찍이 패션계에서 일을 한 경험과 9/11 사태를 가까운 곳에서 겪은 개인적 기억들을 바탕으로 그녀는 일상의 재료를 차용하여 섬세하고 감각적인 이미지를 구현함과 동시에, 반복과 고행을 동반하는 정교한 수작업을 통해 동양적 선의 세계의 관점에서 한 인간이 사회에서 갖는 숙고와 반추의 시간을 탐구한다.

황란의 작품은 뉴욕 브루클린 미술관과 휴스턴 미술관 등 여서 미술관에 소장되어 있고, 뉴욕대학교와 두바이 오페라하우스 로비의 영구 컬렉션에 포함되어있다. 그녀는 미국의 매스모카미술관, 싱카폴의 아시안 시빌라이제이션 미술관과 에르메스 파운데이션에서 개인전을 하였고, 페이스북 뉴욕본사작품 설치작가로 선정되었다.  이외에 스위스, 프랑스, 뉴욕, 북경, 한국 등 전세계 각지에서 전시를 하였다. 황란 작가는 미국 뉴욕에 있는 스쿨오브비주얼아트에서 파인아트로 학사, 아트 프랙티스로 석사학위를 받았다.

Born in Korea and based in New York, Ran Hwang portrays the cycle of life and death, visibility and invisibility, and instant beauty with large symbolic figures. Based on her earlier experience working in the fashion industry and her personal memories of the 9/11 incident, she uses everyday materials to embody delicate and sensuous images. At the same time, Hwang reflects upon time and looks back on society through the lens of Eastern Zen philosophy with elaborative hand works accompanied by repetition and asceticism.

Ran Hwang's artworks are in the collection of art museums such as the Brooklyn Museum in New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and have held solo exhibitions in institutions such as Mass MoCA in the United States, Asian Civilization Museum, and Hermes Foundation in Singapore, and are included in other collections including New York University and the Dubai Opera House. She is a participating artist of Facebook's Artist-in-Residence Program at the New York headquarters where her installation will be placed in 2021. Her works were also exhibited internationally in Switzerland, France, New York, Beijing, and Korea. Hwang received her BFA in Fine Art and MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

-text from Ran Hwang's website


Solo Exhibitions 

2022, TBA, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium (Forthcoming)

2021, Hope Springs Eternal, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

2019, The Flight of Time, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life, Asian Civilizations Museum,
Ran Hwang: Sacred Space, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

2016, Visual Symphony, Asian Art Works, Busan, Korea


Beginning of the Bright, UNESCO Paris Headquarters, Paris
Ran Hwang: Untethered, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, USA
Game of Artifice, International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), Cardenas Gallery, Texas, USA


Becoming Again, Aloft at Hermès(former Third Floor-Hermès), Singapore
Ran Hwang: The Snowfall of Spiders, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA
Intervals, Asian Art Works, Beijing, China

2012, Ran Hwang: Transition, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

2010, Illusion & Reality, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009, Dreaming of Joy, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2007, Present Absence, 2X13 Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2006, Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA, USA

2005, Open Studio, Vermont Studio Art Center, Jonson Vermont, USA

2004, Hutchins Gallery, Long Island University, New York, USA


Hudson River Gallery, New York, USA
Yeemock Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2001, Hudson River Gallery, New York, USA

2000, Artsnal Gallery, Paris, France

1999, Hudson River Gallery, New York, USA

Duo Exhibitions

2019, Zen Grace, Easel Gallery, Shenzhen, China
2016, Re:visioning HANJI, Korean Cultural Service, New York, USA
2015, Reincarnation, Asian Art Works, Busan, South Korea

Refresh! (Curated by Lilly Wei), 2x13 Gallery, New York, USA
When Art Encounters Fashion, Space Shin Choi, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions

2020, Pinned, Stitched, and Glitzed: Challenging the Gender Stereotype, Art Appel Gallery, Athens, Greece


DIFC Sculpture Walk, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai, UAE
Matter 物, SA+ Gallery, Hong Kong
DOUBLE VISION (Curated by Jane "Baby Jane" Holzer), Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA
Conversations: Contemporary Asian Art, Hermitage Museum & Gardens, Virginia, USA
Korean Art, Asia Week NY, New York, USA


Infinite Blue, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Connected: The AHL Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Awards Exhibition, AHL Foundation, Yonsei University Dental Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Paper Moon, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymno, Greece
PASSION. CONTINUED: A Wave of Peace from Korea to the World, Asia Week New York
Special Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center of New York, USA
PASSION. CONTINUED. 100X100, PyeongChang 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Special
Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center NY, New York, USA
The Art of Matter- New Arts of Asia, Opera Gallery, Monaco


Infinite Blue, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Light & Shadows - A Curated Exhibition Of Korean Artists, Opera Gallery Beirut, Lebanon
Trans Allegoria, Mykonos Biennale, Mykonos, Greece
Material Girls, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
2016 Art & Life, Art Space Ben, Seoul, Korea
Material Girls, Contemporary Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Pinned Stitched and Glitzed, Asian Art Works, Beijing, China
Poeticizing Nature, The Surrey, New York, USA
Viewing The Past Thru Modern Eyes, Kang Collection, New York, USA
Lady Dior As Seen By(World Tour exhibition), House of Dior, Seoul, Korea
Material Girls, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Ontario, Canada
Water, KANEKO, Nebraska, USA


Regeneration, Opera Gallery Paris, Paris, France
Art & Life, Art Space Ben, Seoul, Korea
Pinned Stitched and Glitzed, Anya and Andrew Shiva Art Gallery, New York, USA
Summer Show, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA
Accidental Encounter, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Diverse Works: Director’s Choice, 1997-2015, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Arts in Spring, Guangzhou Library, Guangzhou, China
Material Girls, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

...more in CV

Art Fairs

2019, Art Dubai, Leila Heller Gallery, UAE


Art Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lady Dior As Seen By, Art Basel, Hong Kong

2017, LA Art Show 2017, LA, USA


Context Art Miami 2016, Miami, USA
KIAF 2016 (Korean International Art Fair), Seoul, Korea


Context Art Miami 2015, Miami, USA
Art Busan 2015, Busan, Korea
Art 15, London, UK
Art Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Scope Miami, Miami, USA
Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Art International Istanbul, Leila Heller Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
The Armory Show, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA


Abu Dhabi Art, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Abu Dhabi
Korea International Art Fair (Vip Lounge), AAW Beijing, Korea


Art Southampton 2012, Leila Heller Gallery, NY, USA
Houston Fine Art Fair, Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, TX, USA


Korean International Art Fair(KIAF), 2x13 Gallery,COEX, Seoul, Korea
Asian Contemporary Art Fair(ACAF), Special Exhibition, Pier 92, New York, USA

Grants, Awards & 


2021, FB Air Program, Facebook, New York, USA

2017, AHL-Jason J. Kim Grant 2017, AHL Foundation, New York, USA


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation New York, USA
Artist in Residency, International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS), Texas, USA


 Selected for 2014 program, Third Floor-Hermès, Hermès Foundation, Singapore
The Studios at Mass MoCA, Residency Program, Mass MoCA, Massachusetts, USA
AAW Artist Studio Residency, Asian Art Works, Beijing, China

2011, PS122 STUDIO Residency Program, New York, USA

2006, AAI-Artist Alliance, Lower East Side-Rotating & Long Term Studio Program, New York, USA

2005, Full Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Residency Program, Vermont, USA

2004, Gold Prize, The 1st Contemporary Visual Arts Competition, AHL Foundation, New York, USA

1995,    Gold Prize, Korean Watercolor Association, Seoul, Korea



LG Household & Health Care (Artwork commission for LG Cosmetics, The History of Whoo), Korea
Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore


Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Greece
EURIA company, Tour Carpe Diem Paris La Defense, France

2017, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, USA


Dubai Opera House, Dubai, UAE
Christian Dior, Paris (Artwork commission for Lady Dior As Seen By), France


Pullman Kaifeng Hotel, Zhengzhou, China
Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul, Korea


AFT Wall Art, Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International, USA
Third Floor-Hermès, Hermès Foundation, Singapore
Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France


Peninsula Hotel, Paris
King County Library in Issaquah, Washington, USA
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA


Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Robert J. Hurst, Chairman of the Executive Committee at Whitney Museum, New York, USA


Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong
Roger Federer, World Tennis Champion, Switzerland

2010, New York Plaza Hotel, New York, USA

2009, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank, Seoul, Korea

2005, Hammond museum, New York, USA

Art Events

2016, AHL Foundation 13th Annual Benefit Gala, New York, USA

2015, AHL Foundation 12th Annual Benefit Gala, New York, USA


AHL Foundation 11th Annual Benefit Gala, New York, USA
MASS MoCA 15th Anniversary Benefit, New York, USA
Annual Watermill Summer Benefit Auction, The Watermill Center, New York, USA

2012, The Fifth Annual Queens Art Express, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, New York, USA

2011, AHL Foundation Annual Auction, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA

2010, AHL Foundation, Gala Auction, Arario Gallery, New York, USA


2019, Artist Talk, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA


Artist Talk(in conjunction with the group show -‘Diverse Work: Director’s Choice, 1997-2015),
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA


 Special Lecture, University of Texas-Pan America, Texas, USA
Guest Artist Lecture, Fine Arts Seminar V (BFA Fine Arts class), Pratt Institute, New York, USA
Artist Lecture, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA


Artist speech, Past Granter, AHL Foundation, New York, USA
Artist Panel, ATOA-artist talk on Art:“Art as Ritual", Westwood Gallery, New York, USA

2010, Special Lecture, College of Education in Kongju National University, Kongju, Korea

2006, Guest Lecture, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

2005, Guest Lecture, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, USA

This project undertakes the motto of ‘Think Outside Borders’ ‘Think Outside the Box’ ‘Think into Action’.

워킹하우스뉴욕은 3가지 모토 (국경을 넘어선 사고; 틀을 깨는 사고; 표현하는 사고)를 가지고 프로젝트를 기획한다.

Think Outside Borders

Art narrows the gap between countries. It minimizes language barriers and enables us to communicate qualitatively and share complex emotions. We are committed to using art as an outpost for carrying out critical conversations with the world by placing art in contexts that matter.

예술은 언어를 뛰어 넘는 커뮤니케이션의 수단이다. 상이한 문화와 관습에서도 통합적인 사고를 하게 하며 우리의 복합적인 감정을 공유할 수 있게 한다. 워킹하우스뉴욕은 이러한 예술을 통해 현대사회와 국경을 초월한 의미있는 소통을 추구한다.

Think Outside Boxes

We leverage art as a learning platform by giving diverse audiences of the globe a window to narratives that are either overlooked, little understood in mainstream conversations, or distorted in stereotypes and create commonality. We also intend to design programmatic initiatives and exhibition strategies to support the kind of inclusion championed by our campaigns.

예술은 고정관념의 틀을 깨고 그동안 간과되어 왔던 담론을 이끌어 낼 수 있는 교육 플랫폼을 형성한다. 워킹하우스뉴욕은 전 세계의 다양한 청중에게 예술을 통해 대화의 창을 제공함으로써 사고의 시각을 넓히는 창의적인 교육 프로그램을 만들어 나아가는데에 목표가 있다.

Think into Action

We collaborate with the art world to shed light on the complexity of the human experience and give a platform to which it can be seen and heard by endeavoring this artistic documentation to include in the international cultural network as well as in institutions as loudspeakers. By encouraging creative practices and connecting art to life, we strive to experience art in our life.

예술은 복합적이고 추상적인 개념을 물리적으로 구현해내고 그것을 통해 인간내면을 재조명할 수 있는 기회를 준다. 워킹하우스뉴욕은 적극적인 국제적 교류를 통해 해외문화의 접근성과 이해관계를 좁혀나가고 예술이 우리의 삶에 깊숙히 내재할 수 있도록 기획하고 실현하도록 지지한다.