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Rimi Yang 

Rimi Yang was born in Osaka, Japan in 1962. Improvisational and instinctual, Yang’s paintings are intuitive balancing acts of color, texture, and technique brought forth from a self-professed chaotic emotional duality. Her work reflects a subtle blending of her Korean but Japanese-raised roots with life lived largely on the West Coast. This is seen through a juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary compositions infused with cultural imagery. Whether figurative or abstract, she builds up and tears down surfaces to search for reason. This produces vibrant and colorful explorations rich with iconic imagery spanning Eastern and Western art history. In 1986 Yang studied at Bowling Green University where she won First Place in Prints and Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print awards. In 1991 she migrated west to Los Angeles were she studied at California State University, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and Otis College of Art and Design followed by a summer in Florence, Italy at the Florence Academy of Art. In 2007 she spent time in residency at Pouch Cover Foundation in Canada. She has exhibited across the United States, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Europe. Yang’s paintings mix the complexity of abstract and collage techniques with a prominent central figure.

 

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Biography

Rimi Yang is an ethnic Korean who was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. In 1986 she moved to the Ohio where she studied at Bowling Green University and then in 1991 to Los Angeles where she studied at California State University and the Los Angeles Academy of Figu­rative Art, the Otis College of Art and Design and spent a summer in Florence, Italy, studying at the Florence Academy of Art. She has lived and worked near the ocean in Santa Monica since 1991.

Yang is known for her intense enthusiasm for vibrant color which is manifested in both her figurative and her abstract paintings. After many years in the field of books she has come later to art, making up for that tardiness with her passion for her solitary studio practice.

Celebrating the chaotic emotional duality that exists in life in her art, she revels in the confusion mankind creates in its attempt to order the un-orderable and to explain the unexplainable. Adhering to Joseph Campbell’s dictum that the best things in life are those you cannot ex­plain her paintings are intuitive, instinctive, balancing acts of contrasts.

Building up and tearing down of surfaces and images searching for reason where none exists, for that imaginary perfect world of equilib­rium on each canvas. Creating a new language with each work, using each as a stepping stone to the next she is dedicated to making each painting better than her last. That Yang’s work is universal in spirit yet personally intimate is evident upon viewing the non-deconstructed whole.

Intensely curious about both Eastern and Western art history, Yang reveals new meaning by deconstructing iconic images of each cul­ture, borrowing images from masterpieces; flower paintings by Fantin Latour, Japanese woodblock of Geisha by Eizan, portraits of madams by Ingres. At the same time, Yang tries to cultivate new methods of paintings by mixing up different techniques from various painting styles, escorting viewers down the path to Rimi’s unique and mysteri­ous wonderland.

Yang has exhibited in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Oho in the United States. British Columbia and Newfoundland in Canada and more recently her work has been exhibited in Europe.

 

Education

2004   Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, CA
2004   Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA
2003   The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy (Summer)
1991   California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
1987   Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

 

Selected Exhibitions

2015   Solo Show, Couture Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
           Two Person Show, Russell Collection , Austin, TX
2014   Solo Show, Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
           “Isogaba Marare” Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
           Two Person Show, Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
           “Year of the Horse” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
           “Cosmic Dance” Joanne Artman Gallery, Languana Beach, CA
            Solo Show, Blue Rain Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ
2013   Two Person Show, Tew Gallery, Atlanta, GA
            Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
            Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden
            Two Person Show, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            “Seeking Future”, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
            Two Person Show, Blue Rain Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2012   Two Person Show, Stricoff Fine Art, NY
            Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden
            Sol Art, Dublin, Ireland
            Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Tew Galleries, Atlanta, GA
            Fabien Castanier Gallery, Studio City, CA
            Christian Hohmann Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2011   Russell Collection, Austin, Texas
            Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
            Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
            Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
            Tew Galleries, Atlanta, GA
            Jean De Merry ‘Grand Couture,” Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA
2010   Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
            Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
            “Yin and Yang’ Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009   “Pointing at the Moon” Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
            Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
            Cella Gallery, North Hollywood, CA
2008   B&K Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
            Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2007   Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
            Lowe gallery, Santa Monica, CA
            Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2005   Art Amo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions and Art Fairs

2015   AAF Hong Kong; Singapore; London, England, UK
            LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2014   Art/Antiques, Dublin, Ireland
            AAF London, England, UK; Milan, Italy
            LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2013   Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
            “Silent Partner” IH Gallery, NY
            LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
            AAF, Battersea, London, England, UK
2012   “Femme” Russell Collection Fine Art, Austin, TX
            “Angelenos” Fellini Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2011   Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
            “Amarcord” Fellini Gallery, Berlin, Germany
            San Francisco Art Fair, CA
            B&K Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
            AAF NYC, NY; London, England, UK
2010   Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
            “Figure and Field”, David Jones Contemporary Art, Venice, CA
            “Naked’ Group show at Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Art Hampton, Brigehampton, NY
            Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
           “Self Portrait Invitation” Group Show at July Nester Gallery,
            Salt Lake City, AZ
            AAF Bristol, UK; London, England, UK
            The Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
            LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
            Art Fair RDS, Dublin, Ireland
            AAF Amsterdam, Holland; Bristol & London, England, UK
            Fellini Gallery, Shanghai, China
            The Asian Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China
            Art in Review, Cella Gally, North Hollywood, CA
            Moura Starr, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
            Grand Opening Group Show,Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            Glasgow Art Fair, Scotland, UK

2008   Art London, London, England, UK
            Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
            Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, Holland
            Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
            ‘Curious and Curiouser’ Galleri Rebecca Kormind, Copenhagen,
            Denmark
            Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2007   Richmond Hill Gallery, Surrey, England, UK
            James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, NL
            Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
            Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
            Art Miami, Miami, FL
            VISIONI DELL’UMANITÀ, Roma, Italy
            Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006   Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
            Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
            Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2005   Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
            Toronto International Art Fair, Toronot, Canada
            Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
            Art Amo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
            Solaris Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
            Studio18LA, West Hollywood, CA
2004   Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
            Lankershim Art Gallery, North Hollywood, CA
            Wet Paint at Studio 3 Art & Design Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997   ‘Aztlan and Beyond’, The Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
1988   37th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
1987   36TH Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition, Bowling Green
            State University, Bowling Green, OH

 

Awards

2007   Residency At Pouch Cover Foundation, Canada, July/August
1988   Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award, 36th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
1988   First Place in Prints, 36th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibit, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

 

Selected Reviews and Publications

2008   Traditional Homes, April
2007   Thompson, Holly, “Radio Day,” Kyoto Journal, No. 68
2006   Chowdhury, Manosh, “Crow Home,” Kyoto Journal, Metropolitan Home, May
            Cozy, David, “Donald Richie, Modernist - Tokyo Nights,” Kyoto Journal
            Tong, Su, “How the Ceremony Ends,” Kyoto Journal
2005   McCarthy, Ralph F., “Rue & Me,” Kyoto Journal
2002   Han, Stephanie, “The Difference,” Kyoto Journal, Fall
2001   Hiroyuki, Itsuki, “The Sunset-Colored Simca,” Kyoto Journal, Winter
1987   Anon, Mid American Review (cover illustration) VIII, No. 1, Fall