Hein Koh looking into the camera

Hein Koh

Sentient fruit and veg with distinctly human foibles.

“I think of my studio as my fantasy escape world. I need to have fun and derive pleasure from making my work, otherwise I wouldn’t be motivated to make it.”

Hein Koh’s sculptures and paintings are as whimsical as they are witty - raising social commentary through a cast of anthropomorphic fruit and veg. Playing on the idea that parents chide children to ‘eat their vegetables,’ Koh’s sarcasm-suffused characters are far from symbols of healthy living. Broccoli, carrots, watermelons and a host of other foods are depicted crying, smoking and drinking to e...

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Hein Koh (she/her) was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1976 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Koh received her BA in Studio Art and Psychology from Dartmouth, and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale. Although painting was her first love, after graduating she switched her primary medium from painting to sculpture – enticed by stretchy materials like spandex.


Koh had her first museum solo show, Hope and Sorrow, at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum in 2021. She has also held solo exhibitions at Anton Kern's WINDOW space, and Semoise Galerie in Paris.

Collaborations with Hein Koh