Multidisciplinary Artist

Raised in South Korea and Based in New York City since 2008, Her work evolves through a dialogue between sensational 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 even furthermore can be medium herself

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  / @kiyakim_artworks



1. The work already begins by deconstructing the function of the object past the deep gaze, which plays the role of a virtuous cycle as the introduction and expression of ambiguous emotions.The gesture of collecting objects and colors and my inner monologue is edited and output as an interpretation of a three-dimensional structure.

2. Addressing of the work is a question and an answer to a certain capture of everyday life. And it is a visual expression which reveals and combines my existence or phenomena and the hidden memories and experiences of my chronological paths. It may be about color, or it may be the tracking of the consciousness underlying the media, time, and sound intuition, or it may be the overall background of all the lives that have coexisted with me. There are no restrictions on the medium to express them. Assemblage, Installation, Video, Collage, Painting, Performance, Etc. are expressed in an experimental way on the line of the borderline. In such an expansive structure, the stride of expression according to the point of view has fluidity, and as the audience’s personal point of view and schema are intervened, the sympathy finally completes the work.


Indescribable emotions are edited and delivered through the interpretation of the three-dimensional structures with saturated colors. 

By intuitional manner,

I experiment how my sensations react to each different attribute on elements, whether materials, sounds, colors, sentences, and places, etc. 

There are interactions with my guts which can be worked on sincerity of presence or illogical layers and redefinition of norm. 

Meanwhile,I am like floating on a certain planet which can be generating inner metaphysical vocabulary, and then those words begin to translate throughout the assemblage from the incorporation which is in between inner muse and mediums. 

Although sensory in the abstract is such as seeing the sound and listening to the colors in my practice, this eccentric universe has become my personal sanctuary and expanding public vehicle to conveying visual representations. Those are regardless of places and times in the boundless which show up through white-cubes or regeneration of societies and to be medium myself in the socially engaged art practice. 


I write now in fragments
about fragments of fragmented life,
scraps of biography,
thread of personal evolution
this reflects the work I make which is also fragments,
a piece of material,
gesture in form,
which the viewer assemble to make their own story


All the things
after an immersive gaze
it begins by dismantling the original purpose of the object

A gesture toward the monologue
vague emotions are edited in the interpretation
of the three-dimensional structure


Sensory in the abstract

Such as seeing the sound
Such as listening to the color


The only certain thing,
my heart was stretched toward purity
a shape of collage stirred inside in my universe

Dive deeply
what I can only see if I go deeper

The beginning of the way to navigate for sound, color, form and, gesture

To be more isolated
stand in front of the making chosen isolation

Authentic property not rolling on the surface at all
I close my ears and close my eyes from the vulgar noises

It’s silent, so much more
but my emotional vocabulary sharpened


Creating work accompanies persistent investigation of my presence
Self-inquiry and response in regard to a grasp in everyday moments
Sort of extractions from emotional vibes in the outer circumstances
On the way to the introspective narrative in the human being


An attitude of contemplation, I am mesmerized in the materialistic atmosphere. There are particular visual scene, sound or music, a psychological reaction in the space which boosts my creative circuit. Inspiration was derived from the remnants of childhood and chronological life paths. Amused with dolls, which were first metaphoric society and released given fashion sensibility to the doll. It rather grows intimacy for the human relationship. Metropolitan environments provide me with seeing glamorous objects and materials. Entire Implications merged on synthetic practice in the conviviality.

Then it is distilled to my multifaceted interpretations throughout Mixed media, Site-specific installation, Self-representation: object – myself, Fashion assemblage, Interactive performance, Video, and, Poetry in the interdisciplinary approach.

Scattered ambiguous emotions are conceived assemblage as composed confectionary colors and no edged structures. The moment I’m aware, transforming materials into the unspeakable complicated emotions. Although it was in sadness and frustration, I delivered paradoxical vivid color expressions through a representation of my personal sanctuary. They can be choreographed themselves spontaneously.  By intuitional manner, I experiment on how my sensations reacted to each different attribute on elements. Meanwhile, I observe I can form metaphysical vocabulary as atypical cadence, float on the certain universe, and it can be worn as the poetic language for my work.



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 was cemented in augmenting fashion’s ideals 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. – Kelly Mill –


_ CV

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

Grants and Residencies

2014      Wassaic Project Residency / New York, NY

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

Selected Solo Shows and Independent Projects


  • Evocation of a quite private stare _ Museum Ground / Youngin ,Korea


  • Atypical Cadence _ Hoban Art Salon / Kwang Myung , Korea
  • Ethereal Adjective _ Young Eun Museum of Contemporary 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 _ Interactive Performance / NY, LA, Korea


  • The Words project / New York, NY


  • Sunlight _ Assemble Intuitions  _ Toy Republic Gallery  / Seoul, Korea
  • Would you like 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 / New York, NY


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


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


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

Selected Group Shows

2023 Together , To Gather -Sinsa House / Seoul, Korea

2022 Art in Faith – Hori Art Space / Seoul, Korea

2021 A place Regeneration – Collaborated with Cavalab -3-12 Hakdongro -53gil/ Seoul,Korea

2020 20th Young Eun Jiki – Youung Eun Museum of Contemporary Art /Kyungki Kwangju, Korea

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

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


2019 August / Arts and Culture / The Color of kiya kim by Yoon Sub Kim

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

Professional Experiences

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



Museum Ground / Yongin, Korea

Young Eun Museum of Contemporary Art / Kyungki Kwangju, Korea

Vinyl I / Seoul, Korea

Lucid promo / Seoul, Korea

The Story / NY,USA

Busan High Schcool of Art / Busan, korea

Dongrae middle school of girl / Busan,Korea

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