Juri Rhyu is a New-York and Seoul based Artist, Educator, and Activist. Born in South Korea, she earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MA in Art and Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design. After completing her degree, she worked at Solomon R. Guggenheim as a Museum Educator Assistant.
Juri Rhyu creates tragicomic works on a variety of disciplines. Blurring the boundaries between contemporary art, conceptual art, and design, she believes the idea behind the work is more important than the finished art object. Juri trained as a teacher specializing in Youth and Family. Trying to teach 7-10-year-old children the same enthusiasm that she had for Art when young, she came to the conviction that Art must be accessible to people regardless of social class and background knowledge.
Her desire to make art accessible is tempered by the desire to convey uncomfortable truths about society by posing questions to viewers, inviting them to look again at realities often hidden in plain sight. Her most recent series is painted to support the protests in Hong Kong. Combining style from Pop and Vanitas paintings, ‘Art for Hong Kong’ is a symbolic appreciation of the transience of nation, the inevitability of change, and the certainty of death.