Minami Kobayashi (b.1989, Japan) is a Japanese artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York, and London, UK. She makes figurative egg tempera paintings that evoke a sense of intimacy and mystery through their depictions of ordinary people, animals, and places that seem vaguely surreal and slightly off- kilter. She has had solo exhibitions at Goldfinch (Chicago) and Baby Blue Gallery (Chicago) and has exhibited in group shows at Goldfinch (Chicago), Chautauqua Institution (New York), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Jeannievent Gallery (London), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo), and numerous other venues. Kobayashi’s work has been featured in publications such as NewCity (review, February 2019), Artmaze magazine, Saatchi Art (Invest in Art Report 2018) and Frase Got Talent Italy. Upcoming exhibitions and projects will be held at Kate’s little angel (Los Angeles), Setouchi International Triennale 2019 (Japan), and Dongdaemun Design Plaza (South Korea). She holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2018) and a BFA in Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts (2016).
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Charged with a sense of magical realism, Kobayashi’s figurative paintings combine intimacy and mystery through their depictions of ordinary people, animals, and places that seem vaguely surreal and ever so slightly off-kilter. Using fast-drying egg tempera, the artist applies thin coats of paint in layers, creating jewel-like facets of color and images that seem to emerge from the painted surface only gradually, like distant memories and half-recalled dreams. — Elizabeth Lalley, catalog essay for A Park at Lunar Surface