© Minjae Lee

Minjae Lee is a young self-taught artist, born in 1989, living in South Korea. His bold, colorful collage-like drawings of faces are unbelievably detailed. Minjae uses nothing but pen ink and color markers to create his stunning works. FABULOUSLY RETRO!

© Minjae Lee

Minjae Lee's work expresses a semi-disturbing inner tension that is tough to ignore, even if you feel that you’d like to. It draws you in with its powerful colors, halting imagery and clever juxtaposition of beauty, innocence and fragility with brash, loud and aggressive.

© Minjae Lee

What characterizes his work overall is drama. The ethereal females that populate most of his work exude a dark, organic tension, and it seems that even the brightest marker colors do not quite manage to save them from some sort of looming peril.

© Minjae Lee

Or are we, the viewers, in fact, the ones who are in danger? Whatever the case, we are drawn in, interacting on an emotional level, surprised, looking for something –

Watch this video...he is just amazing and only uses markers and pen ink. Gorgeous work! He is just 23 years old.

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