Yohei Yashima,  I Want to be a Strawberry,  2017. Oil on canvas. 27.3 x 22 cm/ 10.7 x 8.7 inches.

Yohei Yashima, I Want to be a Strawberry, 2017. Oil on canvas. 27.3 x 22 cm/ 10.7 x 8.7 inches.

Yohei Yashima

Born in 1985 in Shimane Prefecture, Japan Lives and works in Hanover, Germany

Yohei Yashima has spent the majority of his career crafting works that embody human loneliness and anxiety through paintings of anonymous, mass-produced dolls. Referring to his dolls as relatable items that every viewer can project themselves onto, Yashima uses the figures as empty vessels to fill with the traumas and emotions human beings are usually too scared to confront face-to-face.    


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017

Solo Exhibition (Yachiyono Oka Museum of Art, Hiroshima)

2016

"Stay Gold" (Nobirimachi Space of Art, Hiroshima)

2012

Solo Exhibition (gallery G, Hiroshima)

Selected group exhibitions

2019

"Spuren des Wandels" (Lortzing ART, Hanover, Germany)
"ATELIERSPAZIERGANG2019" (Hanover, Germany)
"Terra Incognita" (Schloss Landestrost, Hanover, Germany)
"The Laureates Exhibition of the 36th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition" (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)

2018

"In Between the Classic and the Contemporary" (Hiroshima City University Art Museum, Hiroshima)
"Something Precious: Heisei" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
"The 30th Exhibtion of paintings by the general public, IZUBI" (Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art, Shizuoka)

2017

"Something Precious: Strawberry" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2016

"Yuki Tejima and Yohei Yashima" (Tenmaya Art Gallery, Hiroshima)

2012

"Chaos" (Gallery Hibiya, Tokyo)
"The 21th Annual Scholarship Recipient Art Exhibition (The Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo)

Awards

2018

Grand Prize in The 36th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)

2016

Outstanding Performance Award in The 2nd Exhibition GEIBUNYOTEN 2016 (Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto)