Mie Yim

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Boing, 32"x36", oil on canvas, 2017
Kawaii, 42"x46", oil on canvas, 2017
Reunion, 60"x48", oil on canvas, 2017
Bob, 70"x60", oil on canvas, 2016
Wikiwakiwoo, oil on canvas, 2016
Artist's Statement

In my paintings, I foster multiple positions in the cultural, anthropomorphic and art
historical identities.
As a child, I was weaned on Hello Kitty and various other hopelessly cute dolls and fluffy animals. Later, as an art student in United States,
I felt nourished by Phillip
Guston, Willem DeKooning, and also Italian painters like Caravaggio. I think of my characters as distant cousins of imagined creatures, avatars of anxiety, lust and longing.
They iterate playfulness with dark underpinnings.
Maybe underneath the sugary puff balls and banal gaze, it's all guts and turmoil and
existential crisis.
I hope the viewer can sense the edge of East/West, Abstract/Figurative.
The fragmental element in my life becomes whole in my art.


Mie Yim is an artist living in New York City. She was born in South Korea in 1963, she moved to Hawaii in 1974 then attended Philadelphia College of Art and spent a year at the Tyler School of Art's program in Rome.
Her work has been displayed in numerous national and international exhibitions, including Lehmann Maupin gallery, the Drawing Center, Storefront Ten Eyck, ATM Gallery, Feature, Ise Cultural Foundation all in New York. Also the Johnson County Community College, in Kansas and The Weatherspoon Art Museum, in North Carolina and many others.
She is a recipient of NYFA grant, 2015.
Her public collections include Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, also Chambers Hotel in New York City.
She has been in multiple publications and many catalogs, she wrote a book called "A.B.C. of S.E.X."