Chie Yoshii

Chie Yoshii's oil paintings explore timeless psychological themes with a contrasting mix of techniques and styles.

On the one hand, the brushstrokes and the luminosity of her panels are reminiscent of traditional Flemish paintings, in which the details, the quality of shading, and the softness of each character’s complexion are presented in a masterly manner. On the other hand, the subtle symbolism and compelling presence of the figures bring an unexpected air of accessible modernity.

Much of her work is inspired by the relationship between human psychology and mythical archetypes. The enduring themes are woven into surrealities filled with symbols and visual narratives. The enigmatic images embody contradicting elements such as novelty and nostalgia, innocence and sensuality, and strength and fragility, mirroring the complexity of our psyche.

Chie Yoshii was born in year 1974 in Kochi, Japan. She moved to the US to complete her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 2000 and studied with a realist painter Adrian Gottlieb from 2002 to 2008. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including Dorothy Circus Gallery in Italy, Urban Nation in Germany, Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, Thinkspace in Los Angeles, and William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton, MA. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


2002-2008 Adrian Gottrieb Studio, Los Angeles, CA
2000 BFA Massachusetts Collefe of Art, Boston, MA
1997 BA Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan


2014 "In the darkness of mere being" at Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle
2016 "Almost Forgotten Stories" at William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA


2016 "NEXUS" at The Brand Library and Arts Center, Glendale, CA
2016 "Inner Visions" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2016 "Femme Fatale" Beautiful.Bizzar curated, at Modern Eden Gallery, SF, CA
2016 "LAX/ORD" with Thinkspace Gallery, at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL
2016 "THE NEW VANGUARD" The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, CA
2016 ‘20th Anniversary show" with William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2015 ‘Beyond Eden" with Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 ‘LAX/LHR" with Thinkspace Gallery, London, England
2015 ‘Art Monaco’ with Dorothy Circus Gallery, Monaco, France
2015 LAX/DTW, Thinkspace Gallery, Detroil, MI
2015 ‘POW! WOW!’ with Thinkspace Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2015 ‘Blink’ show, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 ‘La Familia’ show, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA
2015 LA ART SHOW with Roq La Rue Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 "Incantation" show at Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle
2014 "In Missa Interfectionis" Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 "Size Matters" show at Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY
2014 "tallTale" show at Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY
2013 "Other World" show at Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle
2013 LA ART SHOW with S R Brennen Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
2010 The HeArt Project's 18th Annual Evening of Art, Los Angeles
2010 KAA Art Expo, Los Angeles, CA
2009 The HeArt Project’s 17th Annual Evening of Art, Los Angeles
2008 KAA Art Expo, Los Angeles, CA


2016 Featured in French art book, 4 Degrees Art, interview and article
2016 Featured in French modern art magazine, Hey! magazine #27, interview and article
2016 American Art Collector magazine #132 mentioned in the article on Abend Gallery show, "Inner Visions"
2016 American Art Collector magazine #127 article on solo show
2016 HI FRUCTOSE article on solo show
2016 Beautiful.Bizzar magazine 012 article/interview
2015 Woman of Wonder cover/article
2015 Lost & Found Polish Online Magazine
2015 Symbol and Aesthetics Online Magazine
2015 Psikeart Turkish Magazine
2014 HI FRUCTOSE article on solo show
2014 ARRESTED MOTION solo show review


2013 Finalist at 2012-2013 ARC Salon
2000 Graduation with distinction
2000 Departmental Honor
2000 Bookbuilders of Boston Scholarships
1999 All School Award: Donis A. Dondis Scholar Award