painting, installation

Rostarr /   Romon Kimin Yang

Korea, Republic Of 1971

Installation, Sculpture, Calligraphy, Painting, Drawing

Romon Kimin Yang
Korea, Republic Of
January 16, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Romon Kimin Yang aka Rostarr is a multi-disciplinary artist, painter, calligrapher and filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Born in South Korea in 1971, Rostarr moved to Washington DC when he was a child. He studied experimental graphic design and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and graduated in 1993.

Early in his career he managed to produce work in both art and graphic design spheres, blurring the lines between the two. Rostarr has built a extensive oeuvre of abstract polymorphic paintings, totemic iconographic characters and mostly black and white calligraphic drawings. Always creating in a spontaneous manner, he is continually striving to find freedom within style, medium and form, and building upon the iconographic visual language he terms “Graphysics”, a word that exemplifies the geometric dynamism characteristic in his work. Since 1999 Rostarr has also been a core influential member of the group Barnstormers, a collective of approximately forty artists.

In 2000, he was named one of I.D. magazine’s “I.D. 40 under 30”, and recognized as an honoree at the 2004 A.I.C.P show held at the MOMA for his contribution to a celebrated Nike campaign. In February 2010, his forty minute motion painting film titled Kill The Ego was shown at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

His artwork has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Libération among other publications. Rostarr has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Puerto Rico, to name a few, and has participated in group shows on both a national and international level, also extensively as part of the esteemed Beautiful Losers show which has toured museums and contemporary art centers worldwide. His first book “Graphysics” was published in 2001 by Alife.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2013Turbo Arena Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico solo
2013Saber & Rostarr Opera Gallery, Soho, New York, with artist Saber group
2013Calligraffiti Leila Heller Gallery, Chelsea, New York group
2013Abu Dhabi Art Fair Leila Heller Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE group
2013Library Hidden Champion Gallery, Tokyo, Japan group
2012Ikonoclysm Gallery Common, Tokyo, Japan solo
2012DYZ: Experimental Art Surfshop Dyezu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan group
2012City Of Fire curated by Arrested Motion, Stephen Webster, Los Angeles, CA group
2012Quarante Par Trente Galerie L.J., Paris, France group
2012F*CK ART Museum of Sex, New York, NY group
2012Casa De Empeño Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico group
2012Making Faces Opera Gallery NYC, New York, NY group
2012Pieces of Heaven The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles, CA group
2011Hors Pistes Tokyo Centre Georges Pompidou selections, Uplink Factory, Tokyo, Japan group
2011Abstractions Opera Gallery NYC, New York, NY group
2011Flash Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY group
2011Stars and Stripes Forever Agnes b. Gallery, New York, NY group
2011Art Machine The Hole, New York, NY group
2010Hors Pistes Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France group
2010The New Grand Tour Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NY group
2010Les Territoires de l’Art Modeste Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, Francegroup
2010Street/Studio 2.0 Irvine Contemporary, Washington, D.C. group
2010The Draw Show Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexicogroup
2010Rojo Nova Museu Da Imagem E Do Som, Sao Paulo, Brasil group
2010Second Nature Fondation Vasarely, Aix En Provence, France group
2010Circuito Off 2010 Venice International Short Film Festival, Venice, Italy group
2010Joyride: Bicyle Film Festival Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY group
2010Barnstormers Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY group
2010Scope Art Fair Anonymous Gallery, Art Basel, Miami group
2009Oculus Velocitas Il Trifoglio Nero, Genova, Italy solo
2009Subculture Capital Anonymous Gallery, New York, N.Y. group
2009Scope Art Fair Anonymous Gallery, Art Basel, Miami group
2009Hadiith: Contemporary Conversation Cuadro Fine Arts, Dubai,
2009Kill The Ego Anthology Film Archives, New Film Makers Festival, Fountain Art Fair, New York, N.Y. group
2009Manifest Hope: DC Irvine Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C. group
2009Moving Images Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa group
2008Wreckless Abandon O.H.W.O.W., Miami, Florida solo
2008War Pen Leonard Street Gallery, London, England group
2008Now Jump Nam June Paik Art Center, Kyeongi, S. Korea group
2008The New Grand Tour pt II 798 District, Beijing, China group
2008Kill The Ego: Festival Exit Maison des Arts, Creteil, France group
2007Condition Black Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, Italy solo
2007D.X.A Surrender, Singapore solo
2007The New Grand Tour pt I Brave Art, Hong Kong, China. With artists José Parlá group
2007Circa Art Carlos Irizarry Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico group
2006Five Power Refill Gallery, Sydney, Australia solo
2006Ugly Winners Galerie Du Jour, Paris, France group
2006High Math V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark group
2006Yankee Doodle Flea Market Tokyo, Japan group
2005Neospectives Kinsey-Desforges, Culver City, California solo
2005Serendip White Box Gallery, Chelsea, NY group
2005Casita Museo De Arte De Puerto Rico, San Juan group
2004Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art And Street Culture Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain group
2004Kitty E.X.-30th Anniversary Mori Musuem, Tokyo, Japan group
2004Pictography Art Basel Miami, Miami, FLA group
2004Barnstormers Retrospective Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC group
2004Unseen Messages: Barnstormers Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA group
2003InconXistence Dyezue Gallery, Nakameguro, Japan solo
2003What About New York? Galerie Du Jour, Paris, France group
2003Sessions: The Bowl Deitch Projects, Wooster St, NY group
2003Alife Store Deitch Projects, Grand St, NY group
2003Final Modification II Yamaha Gallery & Hakone Open Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan group
2003Barnstormers: Mind Hive Soundsystem Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC group
2003Move 9: Lead Poisoning New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA group
2002R.O.C.O.Q.O Carlos Irrizary Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico solo
2002Boomerang Agnés b gallery, New York, N.Y. group
2002Barnstormers Museo De Arte, Puerto Rico, San Juan, P.R. group
2002Streetwise Apart Gallery, London, U.K. group
2002Yuzen History Mix Chiso Yuzen Gallery, Kyoto, Japan group
2002Candela Arts Festival Galleria Carlos Irizarry, San Juan, P.R. group
2002Barn Painting Project 3 Public work, Cameron, NC group
2002Working People Public work, Binghamton, NY. With Barnstormers group
2002Final Modification I Ex'Realm, Yamaha Gallery, Tokyo, Japan group
2002New American Painting Galerie Cueto, Paris, France group
2001X to Z Alife, New York, New York solo
2001Graphysics A.W.T.C Houston Gallery, Tokyo, Japan solo
2001No Condition Is Permanent Smackmellon Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn NY. group
2001Free Activation II ALife, New York, NY group
2001Barnstormers Society Des Arts Technologique, Montreal, Canada group
2000Icon-Odyssey K-Bond, Los Angeles, California solo
2000Free Activation I Beams Gallery, Tokyo, Japan group
2000Barnstormers Fishtank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY group
2000Barn Painting Project 2 Public work, Cameron, NC. group
1999Brandscapes Houston Gallery, Seattle, Washington solo
1999Lifer Rove Gallery, New York, NY group
1999Paradise 8 curated by Kenny Schacter, Exit Art, New York, NY group
1999Barn Painting Project 1 Public work, Cameron, NC. With Barnstormers group
1998Unknown Style Opponent B.O.B., New York, New York solo
1998ORFI Presents: Rostarr & Jamil GS curated by Donald Hearn, 407 Gallery, New York, NY group
1998Collude Intrude Brooklyn Anchorage, NY. group
1998Young Guns II Art Directors Club Gallery, New York, NY group
1996Young Guns I Art Directors Club Gallery, New York, NY group
1995Custom Corpse ACME Gallery, San Francisco, CA group