Kumi Yamashita was born in Takasaki, Japan. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Glasgow School of Art and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.
Her solo shows include the Seattle Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Roswell Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay in Singapore, Art Front Gallery in Tokyo and Kent Gallery in New York City.
Group shows include the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Netherland’s CODA Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Honolulu Museum of Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Liverpool Biennial, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Scottish Parliament, Karşı Sanat Çalışmaları in Istanbul and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan. She continues to exhibit internationally.
Private and public collections include the Microsoft Art Collection, the New Mexico History Museum, American Express, Birmingham Museum of Art, Thoma Art Foundation, Le Meridien Shenyang, Otsuma University, Seattle City Light, Tokyo’s Akiru Medical Center, Osaka’s Namba Parks Tower, Stellar Place at Sapporo JR Tower, Boise Art Museum and Hamada Children’s Art Museum.
In 2009, her sculpture “Pathway” commissioned by Seattle City Light was listed as one of the top 40 public works in the nation by the Public Art Network (PAN). Other awards and grants include the Pollock and Krasner Foundation grant, Artist Trust GAP, and China’s Crystal Kirin Award. Residencies include RAIR (Roswell Artist in Residence), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Millay Colony. She lives and works in Woodstock, New York.