Yukari Kaihori is a visual artist of Japanese heritage currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She is primarily a painter whose works change from project to project but a theme she often investigates is the “in- between-ness” of cultural and social values, the physicality of artworks, the Western and the Eastern, organic and mechanic, permanent and temporary, and nature and men. She has exhibited her work in both public and private spaces including we painted the wall with cracks (2020) play_station, This Land is All We Know (2019) Hastings City Art Gallery, Infinite Planes ( 2019) Parlour Project and Blue Fancy ( 2019) Milford Galleries.
She was the recipient of Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (NYC) award in 2015, and was a Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany. She is currently in the MFA program at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
Her interests in nature and mountains in South Island brought her to New Zealand in 2009. She is trained in Japanese calligraphy since five and received teaching license at seventeen.