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Minami Kobayashi (b.1989 Japan) is a Japanese artist who is currently based in London. She makes figurative egg tempera and oil paintings which combine intimacy and mystery through their depictions of ordinary people, animals, and places that seem vaguely surreal and ever so slightly off-kilter.

She has had solo exhibitions at Goldfinch (Chicago) and at Frestonian Gallery (London) featured with Patrick Proctor, and had exhibited in group shows at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Setouchi International Triennale 2019 (Japan), Stems Gallery(Belgium), Dinner Party Gallery(London), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Dongdaemun Design Plaza (South Korea), and numerous other venues. Her work had been presented by Et al. gallery at NADA ART Fair in New York and Miami, and Goldfinch gallery at Untitled Art Fair in Miami. She participated in a solo residency at Kate's little angel (Los Angeles) Kobayashi's work has been featured in publications such as Elephant magazine(Artists To Watch, September, 2020), New City (review, February 2019). 

She holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2018) and a BFA in Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts (2016). 


​小林 みなみ

1989  Born in Nagoya, Japan

           Live and work in London, UK



2018 M.F.A. School of Art Institute of Chicago
2015 B.F.A. Tokyo University of the Arts 


Solo/Duo exhibitions

2024 (Forthcoming)Frestonian Gallery, London, UK

2023 I spell a word to free you / Et al. Gallery, San Francisco, US

         Place and Presence with Patrick Proctor / Frestonian gallery, London, UK 

2022 Somewhere Not Here/ Goldfinch gallery Chicago, Chicago, US

2020 (Indefinitely postponed) / Churchill college Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

2019 A Park At Lunar Surface /Goldfinch gallery Chicago, Chicago, US

         Paintings and Ceramics/ Kate's Little Angel, Los Angels, US
2017 Yve's Concave Mirror/Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, US

2015 Birthday/gallery TANNE, Tokyo, JP



Selected Group Exhibitions

2024  Loose Threads/ Bombon project Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 

2023  NADA Art Fair Miami with Et. al gallery 

          ASIA NOW Art Fair Paris with Frestonian gallery

          Friends and Lovers/ Shulamits Nazarian Gallery, Los Angels, US

          New Sensation/ Galerie Marguo, Paris, France      

2022  Trio show/ Dinner Party Gallery, London, UK

          Summer Spacial with Will Lung on Art Net 

          NADA Art Fair New York with Et. al gallery 

          PLATFORM with Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, US

          Lovely/ OIL Gallery by Bijyutsu Techo / Tokyo, Japan    

2021 Beyond Each Other / Florence Trust, London, UK

         Tender the Bone/ Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, US

         Glimpse/ lvl3 Gallery, Chicago, US

         CAVE CANEM/ Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK

2020 New-laid eggs vol.3/ GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan 

         Birds shun such trees/ Et al. , San Fransisco, US

         A Peripheral Reverie/ Penske project, Montecito, US

         A mirror, a dish, a window/ Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, US

         Anecdote/ Stems gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

2019 Jip/ Guimmies Gallery, Brooklyn, US

         Place out of Time/ Setouchi Triennial 2019, Kagawa, Japan

         ASYAArt Fair/ Dongdeamun Design Plaza, South Korea    

         BOXES / mhstudio, New York, US

         themselves/themselves, the body, the dreaming, the disarmed body curated by Shihuihui Zhou/ The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

         LIVE IN YOUR WORLD/ PLAY IN OURS curated by Kyoko Hamaguchi/ Realty Collective Gallery, New York, US

         Untitled curated by Lolita Cros / Salon at The Wing Chicago, Chicago, US

         Pick Me Up curated by S.Y. Lim /062 Gallery, Chicago, US

2018 Pen Incest curated by Dana Nichmad and Samir Alain Nahas/ 062 Gallery, Chicago, US
         Flatfiles / Goldfinch Gallery Chicago, Chicago, US

         MARCHING THROUGH THE FIELDS curated by Warbling Collective/ London, UK

         The Dust Of The world, Washed by Droplets Of Dew/ Kagawa, japan 

         GIFC show/ Western Exhibition, Chicago, US 

         61st Chautauqua Annual Exhibition/ VACI Gallery, Chautauqua, NY, US


         SPRING IN MOTION curated by Susan Chen/ MOOCH Gallery, Chicago, US

         MFA Show/ Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, US 

         What was painting? / Club Nutz, Chicago, IL

2017 House is Where the Art is curated by Carol Nasaw/ Jeffrey Breslow Sculpture, Chicago, US 

         Kit pour lutter pour la joie / GNF gallery, Brussels, Belgium

         Welcome Show / Maclean, Chicago, US

         Netflix and Chill/D&S Gallery, Chicago, US

         Open Studio Night /Maclean, Chicago, US

2015 Graduation exhibition/Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Japan
2014 Ueno Geiyu Award /yuga Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

         Tropical forest /yuga Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

         PingPong! /3331Arts Chiyoda main gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013 All Too Human /A Students’ Hall Tokyo University of Art, Tokyo Japan   

2012 KUME Award/ yuga Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

         Flower and Horse, Rose and Pony./ ART IN GALLERY, HARAJUKU, Tokyo, Japan 

2011 TORIDE Art Path/ Tokyo University Of The Arts, Tokyo, Japan 


2023 Caramel Castle, Menton, France

2019 Kate's Little Angel solo residency, Los Angels, US



2018 Strohl Award selected by Sharon Louden

2017 Frase got talent

2015 TEIKYO University's purchasing Award

2014 UENO GEIYU Award

2012 KUME Award



2024   TESTUDO - Blurry Blueprints: Minami Kobayashi and Adrianne Rubenstein’s duo show at Et al. etc.

2019   the New York Times Magazine - T’S 2021 ART ISSUE - 12 Galleries That Aren’t in New York or Even Los Angeles

           Elephant Magazine - Artists To Watch" These Are the Artists You Need On Your Radar Right Now" -  September 2020

           Chicago Magazine April Issue - THE INSIDERS' GUIDE TO THE GALLERY SCENE YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT               ArtMaze Magazine Winter Issue11 

           Art Review on NewCity written by Andrew Falkowski

          "On the Ethereal Effervescence of Egg Tempera: A Review of Minami Kobayashi at Goldfinch Projects "

2018  Invest in Art 2018 curated by Rebecca Willson in Saatchi Arts    

2017  Frase got talent post internet prize

          BAD AT SPORTS online 



2017 School of Art Institute of Chicago



2017 SAIC International Student Scholarship

2016 NOMURA foundation


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