It’s amazing how historical art makes its way into the modern world through new artists. I discovered Paris-based artist Jung-Yeon Min, whose surrealist paintings would easily bring to mind Salvador Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus and ever-famous Persistence of Memory.

Korean-born Jung-Yeon Min’s paintings are dreamlike landscapes that are at the same time also quite bizarre. Using acrylic on canvas, she paints warped perspectives of land, life, and everything in between. Mixing both her Eastern roots and her Western influence, the result is alluring yet frightening at the same time.

“I consider that we live nowadays in a constant exchange between the real and the virtual,” she said in one of her interviews. “For me it is a kind of modern Surrealism, so if my works look like ‘traditional’ Surrealism, the idea behind it is somehow different.”

Looking at most of her paintings, I found that there’s often a tiny figure within the “worlds” she creates, which kind of reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. “The person in my paintings is often me. I use myself first for reasons of convenience, because I’m the only one who knows exactly the kind of posture to use in my art. But it’s also me because my paintings tell about my life.”

Check these out to see what you make of them:

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Jung-Yeon Min is featured on the Kashya Hildebrand Gallery.

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