Yongwoo Lee, who was born in Seoul, Korea, is an art historian, critic and curator, whose main area of interest is contemporary art criticism, with a focus on media art. He was the founding director of the Gwangju Biennale, established in 1995 and served as president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation from 2008 to 2014. He was a professor of visual culture and aesthetics at the Korea University in Seoul until 1998, since which time he has devoted most of his attention to writing and curatorial activities. In 1995, Lee was Korean commissioner for the Venice Biennale's special exhibition, 'Tiger's Tail' (1995), and in 2001 he curated 'Electronic Maple', the inaugural exhibition at the New York Center for Media Arts. His publications include The Origins of Video Art (Oxford University, 1998), and he is the author of a number of essays on the video art of Nam June Paik. He was the founding President of the International Biennial Association (since 2014) and takes up a new post as Director of the Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, in June 2015. In 2015 he was a member of the International Jury at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale and curator of a collateral exhibition of Korean monochrome art, Dansaekhwa.