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