Yohei Yashima has spent the majority of his career crafting works that embody human loneliness and anxiety through paintings of anonymous, mass-produced dolls. Referring to his dolls as relatable items that every viewer can project themselves onto, Yashima uses the figures as empty vessels to fill with the traumas and emotions human beings are usually too scared to confront face-to-face.


Born in Shimane, Japan in 1985
Lives and works in Shimane
2013 Completed doctor’s degree at Hiroshima City University graduate school of Arts
2008 Graduated from Kyoto Saga University of Arts (former Kyoto Saga Junior College of Arts)
 【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2020 The 36th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition Grand Prize Winner Solo Exhibition YASHIMA Yohei (The Ueno Royal Museum Gallery, Tokyo)
2017 Hiroshima City University ”Senbatsu Yoga-ten” (Akitakata Municipal Yachiyonooka Museum of Art, Hiroshima)
2016 STAY GOLD (NSA, Hiroshima)
2012 G selection GUNZO: Tadanakani iru (gallery G, Hiroshima)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2020 Odes to the Everyday: Works from the Ueno Royal Museum Collection (The Ueno Royal Museum Gallery, Tokyo)
2019 The 36th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition (Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)
Spuren des Wandels (Lortzing ART, Germany)
2018 Imago Mundi project “Hiroshima / Nagasaki” (Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy)
2017 Something precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued in 2018)
2012 Sato International Cultural Scholarship Foundation 21st Scholar Art Exhibition (Sato museum, Tokyo)
2018 The 30th Exhibition of paintings by general public, IZUBI (Ikeda Museum of Art in 20th Century, Shizuoka)
The 36th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition (Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)
2016 Award for The 2nd Exhibition GEIBUNKYO 2016 (Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto)
SHELL ART AWARD EXHIBITION 2016 (The National Art Center, Tokyo), Grand prize