Joongwon Jeong is a South Korean artist, best known for his stunningly realistic portraits. While studying in Hongik University, Joongwon he trained himself in sculpturing, photography, graphic design, film-making and even explored stage acting.
In 2011, he introduced a body of figurative paintings including ‘The Apotheosis of Shakespeare’ which won him the first prize in the Fine Art at Beaux-Arts 2011 Awards. He also pursued his passion for realism and began creating hyperrealistic portraits.
Joongwon’s works are praised by art connoisseurs for being notably different from those of his fellow hyperrealists. Inspired by ancient statues or old drawings and imagining how they might have looked like in real life, he creates photo-realistic images of people that predate the coloured photographs such as Homer, Giluiano de Medici and Seneca, introducing the spectators to, as the artist terms it, ‘the phantasma of Simulacra’.
Joongwon is currently completing the MFA programme on painting at Hongik University as well as showing his work in and outside the country. He is also teaching a course on figurative painting in Seoul.