Yukari Kaihori was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1980 and since 2011 has lived and worked in Wellington, New Zealand. She grew up shifting from Asia to South America to North America. The notion of home and identity, therefore, has become a recurring theme in her work. Yukari creates paintings to examine the intersections between physical and internal landscapes, with a special focus on how those landscapes interact with memory and imagination.
Yukari Kaihori earned her B.A. in Studio Art from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon (USA) in 2004. She was a Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center (USA) in 2015, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (USA) in 2016-17, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Germany) in 2017. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (NYC). Yukari has exhibited her work in both public and private spaces within New Zealand and internationally.