Suh Se Ok (b. 1929 in Daegu, Korea; lives and works in Seoul, Korea) received a BFA from the Oriental painting department of Seoul National University in 1950. Solo exhibitions of his work has been organized at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2015, 2005); Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX (2008); and Maison Hermes, Tokyo, Japan (2007). Selected group exhibitions and international biennials featuring his work include College of Fine Arts Archives: Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (2015); Leeum 10th Anniversary Exhibition: Beyond and Between, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2014); Then and Now: Celebrating 60th Anniversary of The National Academy of Arts of The Republic of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Korea (2014); Closer to Contemporary Art II- Abstract Art Is Real, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea (2013); Busan Biennale 2008: ART IS ALIVE, Busan, Korea (2008); 7th Biennial de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1963) among others. His work is in numerous international public and private collections, including Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Bergen County, NJ; British Museum, London, UK; Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea; Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea.
In 2012, Suh received the Order of Cultural Merit – Silver medal from the Korean government; he was also awarded The 52nd National Academy of Arts Award, Korea (2007); The Artistic and Culture Prize of 13th Federation of Artistic and Culture, Korea (1999); Ilmin Art Prize, Seoul, Korea (1994); Honorary Doctorate, Rhode Island School of Design Fine Art, Providence, RI (1988); and the Prime Minister Prize at the 1st National Art Exhibition (1949).