Yi Sangbom was born in Gongju and graduated from Seo Wha Art Institute in 1918. He was a reporter for Dong Ah Il Bo from 1927 to 1937 and taught art at Hong-Ik University from 1950 to 1961. His paintings were exhibited at the World House Gallery, New York in 1958. Yi Sangbom won the March 1st Cultural Award in 1962 and received the Seoul City Cultural Prize in 1966. In 1997 his work was exhibited at the "100th anniversary of Chongjon's birth" at the Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul.