Kiya Kim is an interdisciplinary artist, Cultural Engeenier and, A kind of Inventor.

Raised in South Korea and Based in New York City since 2008, Her work evolves through a dialogue between inner muses and outer phenomena. The urban setting predominating throughout her life path opened her eyes to myriad material fabrications. Her multi-faceted works take the form of: rhythmic site-specific installation, ethereal video, juxtaposed assemblage, whimsical jewelry, interactive performance, and, festive fashion-based sculpture.

Kim grew up surrounded by literature due to her father and mother’s artistic perspectives. Her parents provided unstinting support nurtured Kim’s fearless sensitivity and continual efforts to expand her offbeat vision.


B. South Korea. Lives and works in New York, NY

kiyakim.me  / kiyakimnyc@gmail.com  / 1-347-821-9302 / @kiyakim_studio_nyc_


2018        Master of  Fine Arts in Art Practice _ School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2012        Certificate in Fashion Styling _ Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

2000        Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art _Donguei University, Busan, Korea


2018       Young Eun Contemporary Museum of Art  Residency / Kwangju (Kyungkido)                        Korea

2014      Wassaic Project Residency / New York, NY

2001      Competition of Island Non-Profit Space /  Busan, Korea



  • Upcoming Solo Exhibition _ Young Eun Contemporary Museum of Art / Kwangju (Kyungkido ) , Korea


  • Another day I was dressed in my laugh again_ 530 Canal  / New York, NY


  • Appetizers of Ingenious Attitude ( Fashion Assemblage ) _ MCM showroom / Seoul, Korea
  • 7 Days at #10276 _ Paths from NYC to BAHAMA / Cruise ship
  • Another Associated Territory _with Hongik college student / Seoul, Korea
  • This is my Laugh _ Performance / NY, LA, Korea


  • Sunlight _ Assemble Intuitions  _ Toy Republic Gallery  / Seoul, Korea
  • Would you like to some tea? _ Invited by SLDF – Coex / Seoul, Korea


  • Status Anxiety ‘ _ Performance _ Sponsored by Hyundai Motors-M stage / Seoul, Korea


  • ST { ART  } RY _ Jewelry Show – STORY Concept Shop / New York, NY


  • Urban Muse _ Fashion Project / New York, NY
  • Delight in Light _ Fashion Project / New York, NY


  • Scratching on the Sky’ – Space Maxim / New York, NY


  • Kiya Street – 3 Story Multi-Cultural Space / Seoul


2017     Quality Time – SVA Chelsea Gallery / New York, NY

2016     Annual Group show -The Invisible Dog Art Center / New York, NY

2015     SALONUKHA – Trestle Gallery / New York, NY 

2014     SALONUKHA-Trestle Gallery / New York, NY 

2014     Mash Up – Islip Art Museum / New York, NY 

2014     HIVE Group Show -The Invisible Dog Art Center / New York, NY

2014     Special Guest Juror Salon Show – The Green Point Gallery / New York, NY

2013     Big Future – Recession Art / New York, NY

2013     Work/Space -The Invisible Dog Art Center / New York, NY

2012     Work/Space -The Invisible Dog Art Center / New York, NY

2011     Collaboration with Artistry –Horim Museum / Seoul, Korea

2011      Juried Show / Wide Open – BWAC / New York, NY

2011      Work/Space – The Invisible Dog Art Center / New York, NY

2010      Chasing 56 -The space M/ New York, NY

2010      Wind, where are we going? Gallery Maum / New York, NY

2010      If you see nothing, Say something – The Invisible Dog Art Center / New York, NY

2009      Haitian: Tears from Survivors – KGS Gallery / NJ

2008      As it is – Multi Media Center / NJ

2007      Annual Mission’s show / Church of Christ / Seoul, Korea

2006      Pop of Christmas – 3story Gallery / Seoul, Korea

2003      Seoul Design Art Festival Seoul – Art Center / Seoul, Korea

2001      Korea Young Artists Biennale – Daegu Cultural Art Center / Daegu, Korea

2001      Competition of Island Non-Profit Space – Island Non-Profit Space / Busan, Korea

2000      I am going to dream – Kyungsung Museum / Busan, Korea


2016    Special Lecture_Cheonnam university / Kwangju, Korea

2009    Special Lecture _Suwon University / Suwon, Korea


2016       Modern Oracle Kiya kim Story / Ingenious Attitude

2016       MoMA p.s. 1 studio visit PS1 / studio visit / kiya kim

2015       June / Naver blog / Korea Artist Kiya kim     Kiya kim Exhibition

2015       June / Korean Spirit / Korea Kiya Kim / Exhibition

2015       June / Acrofan / Korea Kiya kim / Exhibition

2015       June / Brain Media / Korea Kiya kim / Exhibition

2015       June / Art card / Korea Kiya kim / Exhibition

2015       June / Naver News /Korea Kiya kim / Exhibition

2015       June / Notefolio Magazine /Korea Kiya Kim / Exhibition

2014       Mar / Noblesse / Korea

2013       Sep / Quistyle NYFW by Mangue Banzima / NY Kiya kim style

2013       Emagnet The way of living this couple

2010       Jul / The L Magazine by Deirdre Hering / NY

2010       May / Art Slant / NY  kiya kim

2010       Broadway World / NY  kiya kim

2010       Art Calender / NY

2010       Going NYC / NY

2010       Celeste. network / NY

2010       Cobble Hill blog / NY

2010       New York Art beat/ NY

2010       San Art / NY

2009       May / Computer Art – Artist of the Month / Korea

2007       Dec / Elle Magazine-with S flora / Korea

2007       Mar /In Style Magazine – Contemporary artists inspiration / Korea

2007       Marie Claire Magazine- with S flora / Korea

2007       Bazaar Magazine-with S flora / Korea

2007       Segea Times News Paper / NY

2007       Korean Community Newspaper / NY

2007       Korea Daily News Paper-Multi Section / NY

2007       Korean Times News Paper / NY

2006       May/ High Fashion Magazine / Korea

2006       Casa living Magazine- Exhibition section / Korea

2006       Design house – Exhibition section / Korea

2006       Instyle Magazine – Exhibition section / Korea

2006       Casa living Magazine- Exhibition section / Korea

2006       April / SBS Morning wide-Exhibition interview / Korea

2004       Design Jungle Web Magazine special issue -FABYKI interview / Korea

2003       Dec / Vogue girl – Christmas gift FABYKI / NY


2015     Archive of Asian American Art Center / NY

2013     Studio Visited by Gertrude _ Meet Art / NY

2010     Curatorial Project  _ ‘If you see nothing Say something’ _The Invisible Dog Art                      Center /NY

2007     Visual Art director _‘ Crayon Dance Project _Haeundae Cultural center / Busan,                     Korea


Busan High Shcool of Art / Busan

Dongrae middle school of girl / Busan

Many of private collections in NY and SEOUL 


I write now in fragments about fragments of fragmented life,

scraps of biography,

thread of a personal evolution.

This reflects the work I make which is also Fragmented,

Piece of Material,

Gesture in Form,

which the reader or viewer assemble to make their own story.

1.My work is question and responses regarding specific prehension in my daily moments.  The visual narrative of the component that is state of being and behind the scene in my chronological paths. There it could be elements of Colors, Materials, Languages, Found objects or Investigation on consciousness that through hidden intuitions. The medium of expressions is unlimited as Mixed media, Installation, Video, Painting, Collage, Fashion performance even invisible matter etc.  In the extended structure, the way of exploring has flexibilities on perception and the interaction in between work and audiences that will become close to completion as audience’s own their personal perspective are participated in.

2. The plastic that is the main material of the work, something transparent, fragile disposable materials, glitter or shine, vivid colors, images of magazine advertising models, these are mainly found in the media, It is also a remnant. It is also a place where I was growing up in the city like Seoul, New York. However, on the other hand, human anxiety, vanity and greed, consumption, emptiness hidden behind the splendor of the city And the conflicting meaning of desire for peace, and secularism coexist. On the other side of such a polarity, the medium of nature also joins with work as my thoughts intervene in the moments of despairing rest or their movements to make the self-gaze deeply.

3. Recreation of daily items by aligning them with other materials may be part of the process in which a person meets that of another from a different background. finding harmony or it may also be a journey of finding one’s true self from the reflection of the other. The reason and questions brimming from among such a series of creative elements and incessantly redefined relationship settings in my life are directly related to my artwork. These, ultimately, become an act of self-communication, and such are repeated actions of life, discovered from within while sometimes needed to be renounced and other times be maximized.

4.The theme of ‘fashion’ is also an important topic that must be mentioned in my work. The meaning of putting on clothes is that it means creating a moving work using a person (including personality and emotion), and its origin is from my ‘playful and creative clothes’ play. On the surface, it can be an expression of extended work on the movement path of life, and it is an extension of my identity inquiry. The attitude that I respond to the batter’s fashion is instinctive as the prompt reaction in front of the beautiful visuals and becomes a canvas for my own fashion and becomes a tool of amplification of creative expression. Also, for those who facing on people, I become a motivation itself which can let questions in life and provide discovery.


The Whimsical structure and daily poetic assemblage jewelry derived from my mixed media work committed to exploring interplay with color and balance, material texture, describe to a narrative, and their relationship is evoked responses from my intuition in my inner sensibility.

Since I was a little girl a free interplay with fashion and art though skip the meal. The relationship was like white on rice for me, all day drew to fashion model each unique or differently which I stylized to head from toe on the papers. Also, I mimicked to model on the fashion magazine like wearing red knee socks and man’s daring shoes and strutted on the street. my works are an extension line with my childhood and observation for twinkle materials around me that there are my pursuing blissful spirits and plastic placebo effect for the people.

When the very first Jewelries were born in 2013 ,the owner of ST{   }RY : (http://thisisstory.com/) Rachel Shetchtman visited my open studio, she immediately proposed the show that theme was Art at their concept shop in Chelsea, it was first debut in NYC. And in my solo show in Seoul, many important art collectors and gallery owners collected my lovelies.

1.나에게서 작업의 의미는 일상의 어떤 포착을 향한 질문이자 곧 해답이다. 그리고 그것들의 존재 혹은 현상과 나의 연대기 적 삶의 숨어 있는 기억과 경험 들을 들추어서 조합하는 시각적 표출이다. 색감에 대한 것일 수도 있고, 매체, 시간, 소리 ,직관의 배후에 기저 된 의식의 추적일 수도 있고 혹은 나와 공존해 온 모든 삶의 총체적 배경이 될 수도 있다. 그것들을 표현하는 것에 있어서 매체의 제한은 없다. 아상블라쥬, 설치, 영상, 콜라쥬, 페인팅, 패션 퍼포먼스 등등 미 경계의 선상에서 실험적인 방식으로 표출되어진다. 그러한 확대적 구조 안에서 시점에 따른 표현의 보폭은 유동성을 가지며 관객의 개인적인 관점과 스퀴마가 개입되면서 그 교감은 비로소 작업의 완성을 이룬다.

2.작업의 주 소재를 이루는 플라스틱, 투명한 어떤 것, 부서지기 쉬운 일회용 소재, 반짝이는 것 혹은 비치는 것, 비비드 한 색감들, 잡지 광고 모델의 이미지들, 이러한 것들은 주로 대중 매체, 쇼윈도, 화려한 패션 필드에서 발견되는 잔상들 이기도 하다. 도시에서 자라고 지금껏 서울과 뉴욕을 오가며 작업의 기반을 두고 있는 삶의 동선이 여실하게 노출되는 소재이기도 한데, 그러나 한편으로는 그 도시의 화려함 뒤에 감추어진 인간의 불안, 허영과 탐욕, 소비, 공허함에 맞서는 고요와 평안 그리고 탈 세속주의를 갈구하는 대립된 의미가 숨어 공존하기도 한다. 그러한 양극단의 선상에서 또한 자연이라는 매체는 적막한 안식의 순간 혹은 자아를 깊이 응시하게 만드는 그것들의 움직임에 나의 사유가 개입이 되면서 동시에 작업으로 합류되기도 한다.

3.일상에서 쉽게 발견되는 머트리얼과 다양한 물성끼리의 조화와 배열등은 다른 삶의 이야기를 가진 한 인간의 삶과 또 다른 배경의 삶이 만나는 결합으로의 상징이다. 조화를 이루어 가는 불협화음의 과정일 수도 있고 타인을 통해 발견되어지는 낯선 자아와의 대면을 이루는 여정인 것일 수도 있다. 이러한 모든 일련의 작업적 요소와 내 삶의 끊이지 않는 인간 관계 설정 가운데의 고민과 질문은 내 작업과 직접적 연관 고리가 되고 때로는 발견되고 때로는 버려져야 하고 때로는 극대화 되어야 하는 삶의 연속적 행위들이다.

4.‘패션’이라는 주제는 내 작업에서 반드시 언급되어야 하는 중요한 화두이기도 하다. 옷을 입는다는 ( 입힌다는 ) 의미는 사람을 ( 인격과 감정 까지 포함한 ) 이용한 하나의 움직이는 작업을 만들어 낸다는 의미와도 같으며 그것의 근원은 어린 시절 나의 ‘즐겁고도 창의적인 옷 입기’ 놀이에서 부터 였다. 표면적으로는 삶의 동선 상에서 확장된 작업의 표현 방식이 될 수가 있으며 나의 정체성 탐구의 연장선에 있다. 내가 타자의 패션에 반응하는 태도는 아름다운 시각물 앞에 즉각적인 반응을 불러 일으키듯 본능적인 것이며 내 자신의 패션의 관하여서는 스스로 캔버스가 되어 창의적 표현 증폭의 도구가 된다. 또한 그런 나와 마주하는 사람들에게는 삶에서 질문을 던지고 발견을 제공하는 예술가가 된다.


By AF Gallery Executive Director _ Kelly Milions
Style craftswoman, Kim Kiya, exemplifies originality in fashion and art. Originally from Seoul, Kim was encouraged at an early age to be creative. When Kim’s ingenious attitude transformed into talented artworks, it was clear that Kim’s messages were cemented in augmenting fashion’s ideas and obsessions.  Fashion & Beauty have set the foundation of Kim’s work, and so did a move to New York City, the quintessential fashion capital. Kim’s development into the fashion world was further expanded by attending New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology; and today, as Kim resides in Brooklyn, she has found her style magic and a viewpoint on art, which distinguishes itself with its use of daily pop materials, whimsical ideas, and a clear significant style. Kim creates a series of playful videos, collage canvases, and jewelry pieces that are culturally and significantly now! Her artistic message represents an international and stylish woman that regularly grapples with female social issues of perfection, identity, image, presentation, expectations, and oh, how the list goes on. Kim describes her message, “I’m very interested in women, also about my own identity from whispering little emotions and nature from within to big abilities in strength, and discovering social status in society.  I like to meet women who also have calm charisma, human touches, and humor.” Yet, Kim’s perspective on these sensitive subjects is quite refreshing in its adolescent and even comedic approach. Dressing dolls, whether paper or Barbie, is every girl’s childhood past time and possibly later, as women mature and begin styling themselves, this next big challenge induces our next big battle. Even more in the present, as women strive for female perfection, the attempt to imitate the image and personas of dolls has led as into a world of plastic surgery. Kiya creates fashion collections inspired by design and runway that don’t include any clothes, threads, models, and fabrics but, one could attest that her thought-provoking series of feminist prose and diverse stylish Barbies might be just as a powerful an impact than any couture collection or high-end designer debut.


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