Hye Rim Lee is a Korean New Zealand artist, lives and works in Auckland, New York and Seoul. She works with Venice Projects in Venice, Waterfall Gallery New York, Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland. She has the Bachelor of Music, majoring in Voice at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and the Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Intermedia at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland. Her 3D animation work has developed and grown with critical exploration and conceptually evolving through representation of TOKI character in her ongoing TOKI Project since 2002.
Major solo and group exhibitions include over 230 international exhibition records over 16 years at Waterfall Gallery New York, Kukje Gallery Seoul, Gallery Simon Seoul, Max Lang Gallery New York, Gallerie Volker Diehl Berlin, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, MoCA Shanghai, Today Art Museum Beijing, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, Fundacio Joan Miro Barcelona, San Jose Museum of Art, Starkwhite Auckland, Govett Brewster Art Gallery New Plymouth, Adam Art Gallery Wellington, SeMA Seoul, SOMA Museum of Art Seoul, MMCA Seoul, Wereld Museum, Rotterdam, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Dordrecht Museum, Dordrecht. Numerous collateral exhibitions in the 54th Venice Biennale and the 53rd Venice Biennale, participation at the Incheon Womens Art Biennale in Incheon, Animamix Biennale in China 2011, 2009, 2006, 2005, Samsung Media Exhibition in Daegu 2011, The World Expo 2010 Shanghai, and art fairs including Art Basel, FIAC, Frieze, The Armory Show, Art Basel Miami, Art HK. Shanghai Contemporary, Art Paris, KIAF. Artist residencies include: Ssamzie Space Seoul and ISCP New York (2006). Visiting Fellow at AUT Auckland (2013). Awarded numerous funding from Creative New Zealand, NZ Film Commission, and Asia New Zealand Foundation. Major art collections include: SeMA (Seoul Museum of Art) Seoul, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery New Plymouth, Adam Art Gallery Wellington, Te Papa Wellington, The University of Auckland, Ernst&Young, Saatchi&Saatchi NZ, Hara Museum Japan, MMCA Korea, Byron Aceman Collection (BAC) Canada, C-Collection, Principality of Liechtenstein and major private collections worldwide.
TV NZ commissioned Dan Salmon to make a 45-minute documentary, TOKI Does New York, a documentary about Hye Rim Lee in 2009.