Won Choi - Interview
Most of us dream of extensive travel to experience new cultures and people. Won Choi, native of South Korea, lived this vision with journeys to countries around the globe. In extraordinary ways, such understanding of diverse civilizations and customs has appeared in his work for the last 27 years.
“One Stage of Life” portrays three different views of the world that make us and our lives unique. Though the world remains flat material, what occurs on the surface proves most important. “I see people as wonderers, thinkers and dreamers, so I used these images in each stage of life,” described Choi. The piece includes a round representing a woman’s body, a heart observing the world, a sphere explaining us as a section of the universe and a column symbolizing parts of our life.
Choi studied woodcraft as an undergraduate student and metalwork as a graduate student at Syracuse University in New York. He rounded his creative abilities with courses in painting, sculpting and fine art. Five years were also devoted to doctoral courses at New York University in New York City.
Though not exactly on a quest to decode the mystery of life, Choi chooses to create masterpieces based upon his feelings of life and spirit. “With this in mind, I fuse landscapes with human forms in an attempt to unite Eastern and Western philosophy through art.”