Hwi Hahm

Hwi Hahm’s paintings explore the pictorial possibilities of mythological storytelling. The artist’s work examines how myths serve a profound purpose in contemporary society; his compositions frequently employ a wide-ranging and ever-expanding collection of fairy tales, bestiaries and allegories. Intuitive and frequently improvisational, Hahm’s practice is driven by the action of painting and a need to depict his interior world and all its jolts, puzzling dislocations and representational bewilderment.


Hwi Hahm was born in Busan, South Korea in 1993. In 2016, the artist received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Exhibitions of Hahm’s work have taken place at: Kontor 80 in Leipzig, Germany; Palazzo Panciatichi in Florence, Italy; Idm Gallery in Busan, South Korea; and Kenektid in New York City; among others.

Hahm was an artist in residence at Palazzo Monti in Brescia, Italy in 2018, and at the Pilotenkueche Artist Residency in Leipzig, Germany in 2017.

Hahm lives and works in New York City.