Mike Lee

B. 1983, Placentia, CA, USA. Lives and works in New York, NY, USA

  • Mike Lee
    Dive Bomb, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    152.4 x 152.4 cm
    60 x 60 in

  • Mike Lee
    Happy Family, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    121.9 x 91.4 cm
    48 x 36 in

  • Mike Lee
    Cry Boy, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    152.4 x 182.9 cm
    60 x 72 in

  • Mike Lee
    Forehead Kiss, 2018
    Oil on canvas
    101.6 x 101.6 cm
    40 x 40 in


Mike Lee is a New York based artist who uses the human form as a vehicle to express contemporary social attitudes and anxieties — feelings of isolation, hope, happiness, and the mundane.  Lee’s oil-painted figures take on the qualities of CGI renderings; removed from detail and distilled down to their most basic shapes, they live in an undefined space, floating as if cut off from the outside world. Removing his subjects most recognizable features and reducing them down to basic human form allows Lee to produce works that are universally relatable.

Lee was born in 1983 in Placentia, California, USA. He received is BFA in 2006 from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Lee’s work has been exhibited in galleries across Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo including exhibitions at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA, the Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA.  He currently lives and works in New York, New York, USA.

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