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Lived/Active: California/Ohio / Japan      Known for: figurative, abstract painting

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

Yang is known for her intense enthusiasm for vibrant color, which is manifested in both her figurative and abstract paintings. After many years of working with books, she later came to the field of art and has well made-up for for that tardiness with her passion and commitment to consistent studio practice.

In her compositions, Yang celebrates the chaotic emotional duality that exists in life and she revels in the confusion mankind creates in its attempt to order the un-orderable and to explain the unexplainable. She adheres to Joseph Campbell’s dictum that the best things in life are those you cannot explain--her paintings are intuitive, instinctive, and acts of balancing contrasts. She both builds up and tears down the surfaces of her paintings, creating images that search for reason where none exist and depict an imaginary perfect world of equilibrium. Within each painting, Yang composes a new language to work with and then uses it as a stepping stone to progress to the next composition--she is dedicated to making each painting better than her last. Yang’s work is universal in spirit yet personally intimate.

Yang's curiosity and affinity for Eastern and Western art history is revealed in her deliberate deconstruction and appropriation of iconic images from masterpieces, for example, she quotes flower paintings by Fantin Latour, Japanese woodblocks of Geishas by Kikugawa Eizan, and portraits of madams by Jean Ingres and Velasquez. However, Yang also cultivates entirely new stylisitc sensibilities in her paintings by mixing different techniques from various aesthetic styles and, in doing so, she escorts viewers down a path to her own unique and mysterious wonderland.

Nationally, Yang has exhibited in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, Ohio, and New Mexico; Internationally, she has exhibited in Canada and Europe.

Biography from JoAnne Artman Gallery:
International artist Rimi Yang portrays the Yin and Yang of life and its uncertainties. Her emotional work explores the human psyche and its relation in connecting to polar opposites. Yang’s paintings are both dramatic yet whimsical, showing both Eastern and Western influences. Stylistically, she illustrates an attraction as well as repulsion to abstract expression. Her use of thick painted surfaces applied with gestural brushstroke point to the characteristics of abstraction; the attraction. These stylistic elements are reminiscent of artists such as Diego Velasquez and Edouard Manet.

Yang’s portraiture is similar to that of Velasquez, as both contain a heavy use of paint and texture. The same painterly quality is also seen between Manet and Yang. Rimi Yang portrays the duality of her relationship to abstract expressionism by painting figurative work. Her subject matter is the repulsion to abstract expressionism depicting portraits, landscapes, and still life; all elements of the figurative approach. Her method is loose and spontaneous. Often, monumental-sized paintings can be completed within days. She celebrates the moment, the emotion, and materializes it onto the canvas.

Biography from a third party submitted on 09/09/2010:
Rimi Yang is a Korean artist who was born and raised in Osaka, Japan.   In 1986 she moved to Ohio where she studied at Bowling Green University, and then in 1991 to Los Angeles where she studied at California State University, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, and The Otis College of Art and Design. Yang also spent a summer in Italy, studying at the Florence Academy of Art.  

Yang is known for her intense enthusiasm for vibrant color which is manifested in both her figurative and her abstract paintings. Celebrating the chaotic emotional duality that exists in life, and 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. Searching 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, Yang 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 painting by mixing different techniques from various styles, escorting viewers down the path to her own unique and mysterious wonderland.

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

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