Hyunji Lee earned her MFA from Pennsylvania State University and her BFA from Korea University. She has participated in various exhibitions internationally, including the United States, Belgium, and South Korea. She was a recipient of the 31th Joong-Ang Fine Arts Prize at the Joong-Ang Culture Media Co. and the Song-Eun Art Award at the Song-Eun Arts and Cultural Foundation in 2009 and a nominee for the Dedalus Art Grant in 2012. She was selected to participate in the New York Foundation for the Arts mentoring program for immigrant artists in 2013 and was awarded the NYFA Van Lier Felloweship. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Hyunji Lee is inspired by the distinction between experience and memory as two different kinds of human consciousness. Her works explore thoughts and emotions generated between “the experiencing self” and “the remembering self.” In doing so, she links the personal history of her own and the collective experience of others by creating a new environment, which is the combination of the true, imagined, and imitated spaces. She strives to evoke the interaction between personal memories and the desire to link personal elements into a shared human experience.