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Kumi Yamashita  New York, NY

'City View'

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About Kumi

Kumi Yamashita was born in Japan and lives in New York City. She received an MFA from Glasglow School of Art in the UK in 1999.

Her work is mostly constructed from everyday objects: building blocks, thread, nails, credit card rubbings, lights. The aim of her process is to explore art beyond the confines of traditional media, and turn ordinary objects into arresting images. Even a simple sheet of paper, if carefully arranged and lit, can create an endless variety of profiles, says Yamashita.

Her work has been exhibited at Seattle Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco, Esplanade in Singapore, Hillside Gallery in Tokyo and the Kent Gallery in New York, among others.

Recommended by our guest curators

Ryan Roth

Art Director, Roth Management

"A young talent, doing something unique and special. Someone to watch, someone to learn from and someone I've been an admirer of for some time."


Padua, Italy artist

"She transforms normal sceneries ands sights in something different, working in a soft way, I would say that Kumi Yamashita works with shadows. Her works make me think to a great book, “The Book of Shadow” by Junichiro Tanizaki in the attention she had in the balance of real light and real shadows."

Geoff Pitchford


"I know shadow art isn't necessarily new but after doing this site for 5 years, everyday, it's hard to blow me away with something. Kumi's work does this every time I look at it. To me it's the perfect example of how something so very simple can be so powerful."

Kumi appears in the following Top 10 lists

'New York'





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