Chie Yoshii

Chie Yoshii's oil paintings explore timeless psychological themes with a contrasting mix of techniques and styles.

On the one hand, the brushstrokes and the luminosity of her panels are reminiscent of traditional Flemish paintings, in which the details, the quality of shading, and the softness of each character’s complexion are presented in a masterly manner. On the other hand, the subtle symbolism and compelling presence of the figures bring an unexpected air of accessible modernity.

Much of her work is inspired by the relationship between human psychology and mythical archetypes. The enduring themes are woven into surrealities filled with symbols and visual narratives. The enigmatic images embody contradicting elements such as novelty and nostalgia, innocence and sensuality, and strength and fragility, mirroring the complexity of our psyche.

Chie Yoshii was born in year 1974 in Kochi, Japan. She moved to the US to complete her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 2000 and studied with a realist painter Adrian Gottlieb from 2002 to 2008. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including Dorothy Circus Gallery in Italy, Urban Nation in Germany, Thinkspace in Los Angeles, and William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton, MA. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

EDUCATION

2002-2008 Adrian Gottrieb Studio, Los Angeles, CA
2000 BFA Massachusetts Collefe of Art, Boston, MA
1997 BA Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

SOLO SHOW

2016 "Almost Forgotten Stories" at William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2014 "In the darkness of mere being" at Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle

GROUP SHOWS

2017 “nine colors XI” Art Gallery, Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo, JAPAN
2017 “Art Collector Starter Kit,” Corey Helford Gallery, CA
2017 “Animal Kingdom,” William Baczek Fine Arts, MA
2017 “Sensory Overload,” Corey Helford Gallery, CA
2016 “SCOPE Miami Beach” with Thinkspace gallery, Miami, FL
2016 “NEXUS,” curated by Thinkspace gallery, The Brand Library and Arts Center, Glendale, CA
2016 “Inner Visions,” Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2016 “Femme Fatale,” curated by Beautiful.Bizzar, Modern Eden Gallery, SF, CA
2016 “LAX/ORD,” curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016 “THE NEW VANGUARD” The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, CA
2016 “20th Anniversary show,” William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2015 “Beyond Eden,” Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 “LAX/LHR,” curated by Thinkspace Gallery, London, England
2015 “Art Monaco” with Dorothy Circus Gallery, Monaco, France
2015 “LAX/DTW,” curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Detroil, MI
2015 “POW! WOW!” with Thinkspace Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2015 “Blink,” Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 “La Familia,” Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA
2015 “LA ART SHOW” with Roq La Rue Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 “Incantation,” Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle
2014 “In Missa Interfectionis,” Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 “Size Matters,” Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY
2014 “tallTale,” Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY
2013 “Other World,” Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle
2013 “LA ART SHOW” with S R Brennen Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
2010 “The HeArt Project’s 18th Annual Evening of Art,” Los Angeles
2010 “KAA Art Expo,” Los Angeles, CA
2009 “The HeArt Project’s 17th Annual Evening of Art,” Los Angeles
2008 “KAA Art Expo,” Los Angeles, CA

PRESS

2016 Featured in French art book, 4 Degrees Art, interview and article
2016 Featured in French modern art magazine, Hey! magazine #27, interview and article
2016 American Art Collector magazine #132 mentioned in the article on Abend Gallery show, "Inner Visions"
2016 American Art Collector magazine #127 article on solo show
2016 HI FRUCTOSE article on solo show
2016 Beautiful.Bizzar magazine 012 article/interview
2015 Woman of Wonder cover/article
2015 Lost & Found Polish Online Magazine
2015 Symbol and Aesthetics Online Magazine
2015 Psikeart Turkish Magazine
2014 HI FRUCTOSE article on solo show
2014 ARRESTED MOTION solo show review

AWARDS

2013 Finalist at 2012-2013 ARC Salon
2000 Graduation with distinction
2000 Departmental Honor
2000 Bookbuilders of Boston Scholarships
1999 All School Award: Donis A. Dondis Scholar Award