Through layering on top of photographs with painting that creates opacity and transparency, I was creating narratives that allude to the complicated stories of the cultural identity, immigration, colonization, and the global economy that drives these movements.


— Kyungmi Shin

Kyungmi Shin is a visual artist working with painting, sculpture, and photography. Shin received an MFA from UC Berkeley, CA (1995). Working with painting, sculpture, and photography, Shin explores various histories, identities and migrations by interrogating colonial, capitalist and religious global expansion and its effect.


Shin has presented works at Orange County Museum of Art, CA; The Berkeley Art Museum, CA; Art Sonje Center, Seoul; Japanese American National Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and Torrance Art Museum, CA. Shin has received numerous grants including California Community Foundation Grant, Durfee Grant, Pasadena City Individual Artist Fellowship and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Artist in Residence Grants. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA. She has completed over 20 public artworks, and her most recent public video sculpture was installed at the Netflix headquarters in Hollywood, CA (2018). 


Born in Busan, South Korea in 1963

Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA





MFA, Sculpture & Installation, University of California, Berkeley, USA


Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, USA

1986 BS, Biochemistry, San Jose State University, USA
1983 Kyungbook National University Medical School, Korea


Solo Exhibitions



Various Small Fires, ‘citizen, not barbarian’, Los Angeles, CA


Orange County Museum of Art, ‘Father Crosses the Ocean’, Santa Ana, CA


See Line Gallery, ‘Spirit Shack’, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Nichols Gallery, ‘Melancholy of Chaos’, Pitzer College, Pomona, CA
  Sweeney Art Gallery, ‘Project Room Installation’, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
2008 18th Street Project, Rich’, solo installation curated by Tyler Stallings, Los Angeles, CA

LAX Airport, ‘Blue’, Terminal 3, 200ft wall installation, Los Angeles, CA

   7th&Figueroa, Brookfield Properties, ‘Many Waters’, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Winslow Garage, ‘Chewing Gums and Candy’, Echo Park, CA
2004 Pasadena Public Library, Kyungmi Shin’, Pasadena, CA

Pasadena City College Library, ‘Blue Eyes: Kyungmi Shin’, Pasadena, CA


Group Exhibitions



Galerie Marguo, The Hearing Trumpet, Part II’, curated by Danielle Shang, Paris, France


Barbati Gallery, Imperfect Paradise’, curated by Michele Barbati, Venice, Italy


J. P. Getty Museum, ‘Photo Flux: Unshuttering L.A.’, curated by Jill Moniz, CA


Charlie James Gallery, ‘Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla’, Los Angeles, CA

2020 Art Center Gallery, ‘Pseudo Mythologies’, Los Angeles, CA
2019 Quotidian Gallery, ‘Four Women’, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Roberts Projects, ‘Holding Up 1/2 the Sky’, Culver City, CA
2017 Fellows of Contemporary Art Gallery, ‘Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities’, Los Angeles, CA
  ESXLA at the Brewery, ‘Echo Location’, Los Angeles, CA
2016 ART LABOR gallery, ‘Teleportation’, Shanghai, China
2015 Stuart Haaga Gallery, Desconso Gardens, Oasis’, curated by John O’BrienLa Canada Flintridge, CA


Grants & Awards


2021-2002    California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Grant

2003-2004   Pasadena Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Grant 

2006-2007   Art In Residence Grant, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs

2007                  Durfee Artist Resource for Completion Grant

2007-2008    Art In Residence Grant, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs

2008-2009   Washington DC, “DC Emerge”, Artwalk, Washington DC