Michael Joo was born in Ithaca (New York) in 1966 to Korean parents. He graduated in Biology from Washington University in 1989 and then received his Master degree in Fine Arts in 1991 from the Yale School of Art. He now lives and works in New York. Ever since the beginning of his artistic exploration, in his works he has always tried to link the mechanisms through which visible and living entities, such as the human body, plants, and animals, are connected to invisible entities, i.e. the energy they need to affirm their existence. His work is an invitation to reflect on the concept of hybrid, through a process that begins by deconstructing the object and ends with a dis-uniform union of deconstructed objects. He recently tried to reconcile in his work Buddhist spirituality and the analytic approach of Western civilization. In addition to representing Korea again at the 2001 Venice Biennale, he exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in 2000, and in many other museums and galleries in Europe and the United States, such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Serpentine Gallery in London. His works are included in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum and the MoMA in New York, the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the fnac in Paris.