Chae Eun Rhee is based in Seoul, S. Korea and Netherlands. She is currently a resident at Doornburgh, Maarssen, Netherlands,
She obtained a BFA and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA, 2007). She has participated in several international residency programmes, including: Rijksakademie (Netherlands, 2020), Yaddo Artist Residency (USA, 2016), Vermont Studio Center (USA, 2015), Incheon Art Platform (Korea, 2018) and Nanji Residency(Korea, 2021). Chae Eun was a fellowship recipient of, among others, the Milton Avery Foundation in the USA (2015), the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, Korea (2019) and the Arts Council Korea (2015, 2016, 2020). Most recently, she was awarded a two-year Art Creation Grant (2020–2021) by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and granted Culture and International Exchange for Korean Art by ARCO(2021).
In her painting, Chae Eun loads an array of images onto a large canvas and scrutinizes them in the light of today. She mainly uses the medium of painting as a means to critique the hypocritical aspects of the cultural environment on both a social and a personal level. She is interested in appropriating images culled from social media and art history and combining them into satirical scenes that look like surreal collages. Her large-scale oil paintings not only address issues by parodying references, but also by echoing the issues we face today. This way, Chae Eun tries to open up well known stories and visions of our current world and give them a new meaning and a new life.
Recently, Chae Eun Rhee had work on show at Museum de Fundatie(2021), EENWERK (2020) in Netherlands, the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. (USA, 2018), SongEun ArtCube (2019), Chapter II (2021), Gallery Baton(2022) in Korea. Her works are in the collections of Fenix Museum of Immigration, Central Museum Utrecht, Museum de Fundatie(Netherlands), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Art Bank(Korea).