Tim Lee was born in Seoul in 1975 and currently lives and works in Vancouver and Berlin. He received a Bachelor of Design at the University of Alberta in 1999 and an M.F.A. at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 2002. He is a recipient of the 2008 Sobey Art Foundation Award.

Lee's solo exhibitions include Tim Lee, Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany (2009); Tim Lee, Hayward Gallery, London (2009); Klavierübung (Goldberg-Variationen), Johnen Galerie, Berlin (2008); Perspectives 161: Tim Lee, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2008); Passengers: 1.5 Tim Lee, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008); Remakes, Variations (1741 -2049), Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver (2007); Retrospective, Public Enemy 1988 - 91, Lisson Gallery, London and Cohan & Leslie, New York (2006); and Tim Lee, Cohan & Leslie, New York (2004).

Group exhibitions include Cargo Manifesto, Bayrische Staatsoper, Munich (2009); Time Crevasse, Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008); 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008); All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); Sliding Doors: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions, Tate Modern, London (2007); Re-Play, Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico City (2005); Baja Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum (2003); and the First Prague Biennale, National Gallery (2003).