Kiwha Lee Blocman is a visual artist based in New York City. Her work speaks to visual perception and the dismantling/replacement of dominant narratives of our times. Nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2018, she has exhibited at Fergus McCaffrey (Chelsea), Ortega y Gasset Projects, Deanna Evans Projects, Far x Wide (Brooklyn), Columbia University's Leroy Neiman Gallery, 205 Hudson Gallery, Mother Gallery, Collar Works (New York), and Chan+Hori Gallery (Singapore) among others. Her work has been featured prominently in publications like Vulture, The Business Times, Asian Art News and Harper's BAZAAR. Kiwha was named one of three emerging female artists in Singapore by Asian Art News Magazine in 2019 and was a finalist for the Harper's Bazaar Art Prize 2017. She has held residency at Chautauqua Institution in 2016 (New York) and the NPE Art Residency in 2018 (Singapore). Kiwha attended Columbia University for advanced painting and is currently working towards her MFA at Hunter College in New York City.
Having first studied at UNSW College of Fine Arts then the University of Technology Sydney in Australia (B. Visual Communication (Hons)), her background holds a unique mix of visual-social, art historical and 'big idea' visionary thinking. Though young, Kiwha headed up Apple's strategy for Japan as an original team member of TBWA\Media Arts Lab (Apple's dedicated California-based confidential creative incubator) during the lead up to the launch of the iPhone. Drawing from lived global experience and having tasted firsthand what it is to imagine and change the way people think and live, Kiwha channels the empathy and knowledge of a cultural miner—keenly interested in philosophy, social anthropology and brain sciences to explore the shapes of identity, history and signs. Influenced by her love of travel and mission to challenge arbitrary boundaries, Kiwha founded the influential art space, THE FLAT, from 2013-2018 in Singapore where high/low hierarchies between fine art and craft were purposely removed. The daughter of an urban planner academic and a novelist, Kiwha was born in Seoul and raised on four continents, namely in the cities of New York, Sydney, Seoul, Boston and London.