An immigrant, Ahn portrays the natural world, using Baroque ornamentation on familiar Asian subject matter like the waves and mountains here in Aphrodisiac. Joining the two cultures, Ahn combines her artistic training in Korean black ink wash and color painting with Western influences from abstract art and conceptual art. In bold compositions and areas of saturated color, her painting style also reflects the influence of minhwa Korean folk art that reached its greatest popularity during the 19th century of the Chosŏn dynasty (1392–1910).
Ahn was born in South Korea where she studied art at Seoul National University. She now lives in New York City, .
Image: Seongmin Ahn - Aphrodisiac,2019, ink, pigment, and wash on mulberry paper, Courtesy of the artist's website.