California based artist Rimi Yang’s increasingly sophisticated paintings imbue traditional Asian imagery with a contemporary spin. Intensely emotional, vibrant and often whimsical, Yang’s work shows a technical mastery that can only be achieved through an ardent dedication to the act of painting. For Yang, this act is highly intuitive, and often a celebration of the uncertainties of life.

“Shen Tusn-Chen, one of the old Chinese master painters, explains Taoist thoughts about painting, when he writes that the artist creates this wu-wei, not forcing the brush, not thinking discursively, but moving with sensitivity in the moment. In this way, painting becomes a form of meditation, a means of discovering union with tao, an accomplishment evident in the very best art,” Yang writes in her artist statement.

In addition to her training at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Rimi Yang has studied at Otis College of Art and Design, and spent a summer in Florence, Italy, studying at the Florence Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited on both coasts, most notably in New York and Los Angeles, and she has been featured numerous times in the Kyoto Journal.

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

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

AWARDS
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

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005 “Rimi Yang – Transition,” Art Amo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2005 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
-- 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

SELECTED REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
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.

 

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