Young-Il Ahn Korean, b. 1934

Young-Il Ahn (b. 1934, Gaeseong, Korea) is re-nowned for intricate, large-scale, meticulous abstract paintings that explore his relationship with beauty, nature and music Ahn’s most famous paintings belong to his Water series. They are associated with Dansaekhwa, an aesthetic position specific to Korea, which expresses natural processes through a monochromatic palette. As a Korean-born painter working in the U.S., Ahn is unique among Dansaekhwa artists. 


Ahn’s work has been featured in many museum shows. But for him,the most important was in 2017, when his monographic exhibition opened at LACMA. The first museum show Ahn saw after moving to the US was at LACMA. It featured the work of Willem de Kooning. About that show, Ahn has said, “I was deeply moved and at the same time greatly challenged. The notion that someday I would have my own LACMA exhibition was simply unfathomable.