Rimi Yang


Rimi Yang

Rimi Yang is an ethnic Korean who was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. In1986, she emigrated from Japan to the United States to study at Bowling Green University in Ohio.  In 1991, Rimi moved to Los Angeles and studied at California State University, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, and the Otis College of Art and Design.  Rimi also spent a summer studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.  Rimi has since lived and worked near the ocean in Santa Monica.

Celebrating the chaotic emotional duality that exists in life, Rimi 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, “the best things in life are those you cannot explain”, her paintings are intuitive, instinctive, and are a balancing act of contrasts.

Building up and tearing down surfaces and searching for reason in images where none exists, Rimi creates that imaginary perfect world of equilibrium on each canvas. Creating a new language with every work, using each as a stepping stone to the next, she is dedicated to making each painting better than her last.  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 images of Geisha by Eizan, portraits of madams by Ingres. At the same time, Yang cultivates new methods by mixing up techniques from various painting styles, escorting viewers down the path of her unique and mysterious wonderland.

Yang has exhibited in California, Florida, Georgia, New York and Ohio in the United States; Toronto, British Columbia and Newfoundland in Canada and more recently London and Copenhagen, Shanghai and Berlin.


2011 Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2011 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2010 Tew Galleries, Atlanta, GA
2010 Jean De Merry 'Grand Couture," Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2010 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
"Yin and Yang' Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 'Pointing at the Moon' Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Joanne Artman Gallery , Laguna Beach, CA
2009 Cella Gallery, North Hollywood, CA
2008 B&K Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
2008 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2008 Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2007 Lowe gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2006 Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2005 Art Amo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


-- San Francisco Art Fair, CA
-- B&K Porjects, Copenhagen, DK
-- AAF London, UK
-- Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
-- "Figure and Field" at David Jones Contemporary Art, Venice, CA
-- "Naked' Group show at Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico
-- Art Hampton, Brigehampton, NY
--- Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

-- Self Portrait Invitation" Group Show at July Nester Gallery, Solt Lake City, AZ, "Self Portrait Invitation"
-- AAF Bristol
-- The Glasgow Art Fair
-- AAF London
-- LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Edinburg Art Fair
-- Art Fair RDS, Dublin
-- AAF Amsterdam
-- Fellini Gallery, Shanghai, China
-- The Asian Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China
-- Art in Review at Cella Gally, North Hollywood, CA
-- Moura Starr at Pacific Design Center
-- Grand Opening Group Show at Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
-- AAF Bristol
-- Glasgow Art Fair
-- AAF London
2008 Art London
-- Toronto International Art Fair
-- Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, Holland
-- Edinburgh Art Fair
-- 'Curious and Curiouser' Galleri Rebecca Kormind, Copenhagen, Denmark
-- Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2007 Richmond Hill Gallery, Surrey, England
-- James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, NL
-- Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
-- Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
-- Art Miami, Miami, FL
-- Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
-- Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
-- Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
-- Toronto International Art Fair, Toronot, BC
-- 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

  • 2007 Residency At Pouch Cover Foundation, Canada in July and August, 2007
  • 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 Exhibition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Anon, Mid American Review (cover illustration) VIII, no. 1, Fall 1987.
  • Han, Stephanie, "The Difference," Kyoto Journal, Fall 2002.
  • Hiroyuki, Itsuki, "The Sunset-Colored Simca," Kyoto Journal, Winter 2001.
  • McCarthy, Ralph F., "Rue & Me," Kyoto Journal, 2005
  • Tong, Su, "How the Ceremony Ends," Kyoto Journal, 2006
  • Cozy, David, "Donald Richie, Modernist - Tokyo Nights," Kyoto Journal, 2006
  • Metropolitan Home, May, 2006
  • Chowdhury, Manosh, "Crow Home," Kyoto Journal, 2006
  • Thompson, Holly, "Radio Day," Kyoto Journal, 2007 No. 68
  • Traditional Homes, April, 2008

Art San Diego

My art will be presented by Joanne Artman Gallery again this year at Art San Diego Sept 1 to 4. Thank you very much Joanne!

For more information, please visit:


Fellini in Berlin, "Amarcord"

My art will be part of the grand opening exhibition at the Fellini Berlin. The theme of the show is "Amarcord" which means "I remember" in Rimini dialect where Federico Fellini was born. The theme allows each artist a freedom to do what he or she wants to do. I plan to visit Berlin for the first time.

For more information, please contact:
Mittenwalder Strasse 6
10961 Berlin, Germany


San Francisco Art Fair

Joanne Artman kindly include to show my works at SF Art Fair held from 5/20 to 5/22. Hope many people can attend her booth! For more info, please visit http://www.sffineartfair.com/


Copenhagen Group Show

Yes, Friday the 13th, I am going to be in a group show at BK Project in Copenhagen. I am going to show works with my artist friend, Diane Dwyer for the first time, too. I am super happy to spend some time again Bent and Kirstin who kindly opened their home to us again. I cannot wait to taste great danish in the morning!



by Rimi Yang

Faces talk a lot in silence. In their gaze and expression without words nor statements, I sense their emotions. I also learn something about myself in their faces. As if we can find the answer in every face. Simply there must be all answers inside of me. In this group show, I chose some artists' faces in the past history of whom I always found curious in their visions, their tormented lives, genius minds, their endless desires to seek, and to hope to learn about me from their quiet faces.


AAF New York

My art will be at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC from May 5th till 8th, at the Stricoff Fine Art booth.
For more information, please visit: http://www.aafnyc.com/