Born in Damyang, Jeonnam, South Korea, in 1969, Lee Lee Nam graduated from the Department of Art of Chosun University with a major in sculpture in 1995, and completed his Doctorate of Fine Arts at Yonsei University Graduate School of Visual Images Artwares in 2008. He was awarded the Special Award at Korean Art Exhibition in 1997, the First Prize in the 8th Gwangju Art Prize in 2002, and Artist of the Year from Gwangju Museum of Art in 2005. He is one of foremost artists within the Korean contemporary art scene, and is known for his video and installation art. Lee Lee Nam also serves as Consultant for UNESCO Creative City. His works are published in textbooks for secondary education in Korea.
By employing digital technology, Lee revives and reinterprets classical images from Oriental and Western masterpieces in the form of animation. By enlivening the classical work through motion, the masterpieces created centuries ago are reinvented and aligned with modern context and meanings. In the hands of the artist, the boundaries of space and time disappear completely. In addition to animation and video, Lee also applies installation into video art by combining found objects and digital technology, including smartphones and tablets. Lee strives to explore the boundaries of digital art, and continuosly searches for new creative possibilities. The extraordinary presentation of Lee’s artwork also creates a new format for exhibition in the digital age.
Lee's works have been widely exhibited in Korea and internationally, including Good Night Analogue, Good Morning Digital at Gwangju Art Museum in Korea in 2013, Korean Eye in 2012, Exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2011, and the Kobe Biennale in 2011. His works are collected by important museums and institutes, including Cheong Wa Dae (President House of Korea), the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Korea, the Uli Sigg Collection of Switzerland, and Yale University.