Heesoo Kwon

Visual artist

Heesoo Kwon is a multidisciplinary artist from South Korea currently based in the Bay Area, California. In 2017, Kwon initiated an autobiographical feminist religion Leymusoom as an ever-evolving framework to explore her family histories and communal feminist liberation. Kwon received a Business degree from Ewha Woman’s University (BA, 2015) and received the Female Inventor of the Year Award from the Korean Intellectual Property Office in 2012. After realizing herself as a product of Korean patriarchal society and the misogynist commercial field, she started to make art in order to shed off the burden as a Korean woman and redesign her feminist/queer life. Kwon received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley (MFA, 2019). Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally throughout the United States, Korea, and Europe including BAMPFA, Berkeley; Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley; Ryan Lee Gallery, New York; 47 Canal, New York; Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco; Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK; Blinkers, Winnipeg, Canada; and WMA, Hong Kong. Kwon is the finalist of the Queer|Art|Prize of recent works in 2021 and the SFMOMA SECA award in 2022 and a recipient of Hewlett 50 for media arts in 2022 and Eureka Fellowship for 2025 by the Fleishhacker Foundation.