B. 1936 in Korea, lives and works in Japan and France.
Lee Ufan is a Korean minimalist painter and sculptor artist and academic, honored by the government of Japan for having "contributed to the development of contemporary art in Japan". The art of this artist, who has long been based in Japan, is rooted in an Eastern appreciation of the nature of materials and also in modern European phenomenology. The origin of Mono-ha is found in Lee's article "Beyond Being and Nothingness – A Thesis on Sekine Nobuo." Lee, the main theorist of the Mono-ha (“School of Things”) tendency in Japan in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was trained as a philosopher. As a painter, Lee contributed to 'Korean Monochrome Art (Dansaekhwa)', the first artistic movement in 20th century Korea. He advocates a methodology of de-westernization and demodernization in both theory and practice as an antidote to the Eurocentric thought of 1960s postwar Korean society. Lee divides his time between Kamakura, Japan and Paris, France.