Yu Yamauchi

1977 · Japan

Artist biography

Yu Yamauchi is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Japan, like other well-known artists such as Akiko Hirai, Jun Fujita, Tomoo Gokita, Asami Nishimura, and Asako Shimizu. Yu Yamauchi was born in 1977.


Yu Yamauchi's work is available on display in Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, the United Kingdom and Miyako Yoshinga in New York, the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Yu Yamauchi

Born in 1977, Yu Yamauchi was primarily inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this outline.

Yu Yamauchi

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