Professor of Buddhist Art History, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Professor Juhyung Rhi received a PhD in Art History from University of California, Berkeley and has been teaching at Seoul National University since 1992. He mainly works on Buddhist art of India, Central Asia, and Korea. The majority of his publications concern ancient Indian tradition up to the fifth century CE, especially focusing on ancient Gandhara. In these works, he has been attempting to draw comprehensive pictures of the regional tradition, treating their diverse aspects such as the narrative art and textual tradition, the formulation and transformation of visual features, the function and perception of iconic images, and the tradition's place in history of Buddhism, particularly in relation to the Early Mahayana. He has also produced works on East Asian pilgrims who traveled to India. He served as a Numata visiting professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, a member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the president of the Art History Association of Korea and is currently the vice president of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS).