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Young-Il Ahn
Young-Il Ahn
1250 Long Beach Avenue Suite 211
Los Angeles, California 90021, USA


Being born to a father who was an artist and a mother who was an accomplished musician was auspicious enough, but it was not long before Young-Il Ahn exhibited extraordinary talent in art, resulting in his first exhibition at the age of six in Japan where the family was residing. His study in art continued upon return to his native land of Korea after the Second World War, eventually completing his formal studies at the Seoul National University of Fine Arts. Well before college, he was already regarded by the established artist community as a major talent to reckon with, and before long he was elected to membership to the National Artist Association of Korea, a singular and coveted recognition as an artist in that country, not to mention the numerous awards and exhibitions for someone so young. After a brief period of teaching, he came to America and settled to devote himself totally to the life of creative artist.

Many exhibitions followed in America and in other countries, privately and through the Zachary Waller Gallery of Los Angeles. A large number of his works are proudly possessed and eagerly sought after by many patrons and collectors alike. His 1982 exhibition in Seoul, first in well over a decade on his native soil, caused a considerable stir, reawakening the memories of his earlier youthful works and recognizing the evolutionary changes in his art. He continues to use the palate knife exclusively, but viewers familiar with his earlier works will appreciate the present exhibition's increased abstraction and expanded scale, replacing the earlier compositional clarity and economy, while maintaining subtle orderliness and impressionistic atmosphere.

He works quietly and relentlessly in his Los Angeles studio, shunning publicity and activities unrelated to art. While away from the canvas, he plays piano, clarinet and cello, unable to sever his long-standing love affair with music that dates as far back as his chosen profession.


1958 Bachelor of Arts, Seoul National University


1998 Solo Exhibition, Sackville Gallery, London, England

1997 Invitational Solo Exhibition, Korean Immigration Museum, Los Angeles, California

1995 Solo Exhibition, Johm & Joe Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1992 Solo Exhibition, Gallery 365, Beverly Ilills, California

1988 Participant in the Third International Contemporary Art Fair (represented by Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul,Korea)

1987 Participant in Second International Contemporary Art Fair (represented by Hyundal Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

1987 Invitational Exhibition, Chosun Daily News Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1986 Solo Exhibition, Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1986 Invitational Exhibition, Korean National Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

1985 Solo Exhibition, Korean Cultural Service Center, Los Angeles, California

1985 Solo Exhibition, Artist Loft Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

1983 Solo Exhibition, Artist Loft Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

1982 Solo Exhibition, Hyundai Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1971 Solo Exhibition, Zachary Waller Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1970 Solo Exhibition, Zachary Waller Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1969 Solo Exhibition, Newster Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1969 Solo Exhibition, New Media Gallery, Ventura, California

1968 Solo Exhibition, Zachary Waller Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1968 Solo Exhibition, Muckenthaler Center, Fullerton, California

1996 Solo Exhibition, National Press Center, Seoul, Korea

1996 Solo Exhibition, Daegu Gallery, Daegu, Korea

1995 Solo Exhibition, Bando An Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1994 Solo Exhibition, Salon Pagodong, Seoul, Korea

1993 Solo Exhibition, Bando Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1962 Solo Exhibition, USIS Gallery, fleishinki, Finland

1959 Solo Exhibition, Hull House Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1958 Solo Exhibition, Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1957 Invitational Exhibition, World House Gallery, New York, New York

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