Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jin Hee Lee grew up attending museum exhibitions and gallery shows with her parents who were avid supporters of the arts. She currently calls San Francisco home and adores the open-minded and beautiful city. She obtained both her BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing at the Academy of Art University, studying under the tutelage of Craig Nelson, another artist Richardson represents.
Lee's exquisite still-life works fuse Eastern and Western cultural elements like the fabric of her life. She seeks to cherish and challenge traditional Eastern customs and artifacts by integrating Western aesthetic ideals, which result in surprising and dramatic compositions. Each moment is a chance for harmony in Lee's eyes and her works demonstrate her acute awareness of the beauty all around us. Of her desire to create, Lee explains, "Art is the expression of the individual voice. It is the only way I feel I am not a stranger in this world."
Lee has exhibited in solo and juried group exhibitions across the country and is collected privately on an international scale. She has earned numerous awards including Finalist for the Art Challenge in International Artist magazine (April/May 2015 issue), Honorable Mention in International Fine Art online competition (2015), Finalist in the Bold Brush Painting Competition (2015), Top 100 in International Art Renewal Salon Competition, and Top 50 and Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence in the International Salon Competition at Green House Gallery (2012). She is a member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Portrait Society, and American Women Artists, to name a few.