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Yuki Kobayashi / 小林勇輝


Kobayashi was born in 1990, Tokyo, Japan. When he was in his teens, Kobayashi started his career as tennis player. He participated to the Harry Hopman Tennis Camp at Saddlebrook Resort Tampa, Florida and entered in University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College, 2008. He moved to UK in 2010 to start his career as an artist. Kobayashi received BA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Fine Art in 2014 and MA from Royal College of Art, Painting course, Performance pathway in 2016. Kobayashi has been working world widely in the festival, exhibition, theatre and also for the photography, film. 





2014 - 2016  Royal College of Art, School of Fine Art, Painting, Performance, London, UK

2011 - 2014  Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Fine Art, London, UK

2008 - 2010  University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii, USA


Prize / Talk / Workshop / Residency 

2023             Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Individual Fellowship Visual Arts Grant Award

2023             CHAT (Centre for Heritage of Arts and Textile) AIR Program Residence Artist

2023             Stilllive Yurakucho YAU STUDIO Residence Artist

2022             Eaton HK Residence Artist (July - September)

2021             "PORT : Performance or Theory" at ANB Tokyo

2021             "スナックかずこ" at Tokyo Real Underground with Takao Kawaguchi x Yuki Kobayashi

2020             Artist Talk at 3331 Arts Chiyoda with Natsumi Araki x Yuki Kobayashi x Hikari Wajima x Shinobu Soejima 

2019             Artist Talk at REARTNOTE “Styles of Radical Art” Yuki Kobayashi x Keita Saito (Artist), Tokyo, Japan

2019             Stilllive has founded as Performance Art Platform

2019             YUKI KOBAYASHI Artist Talk "The Body Finds Art" at Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan

2018             YUKI KOBAYASHI Artist Talk at Tokyo University of the Arts (Department of Intermedia Art), Tokyo, Japan

2018             Artist Talk "Effect of the Affordance" Itaru Sugiyama (Scenographer), Tsuyoshi Shirai (Dancer, Choreographer),                                 Yuki Kobayashi (Performance Artist) at VACANT, Tokyo 

2018             Received Individual Artist Grants from Arts Council Tokyo

2018             Received Group Project Grants "Geek Love" from Arts Council Tokyo

2018             Workshop of Marina Abramović, "Cleaning the House", Bonn, Germany

2017             Atelier Cedar HIKOKI, 2 months residence for Yokohama Paratriennale 2017

2016             Kobayashi has founded Stillllive Collective

2014             Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014, Shortlisted


Selected Exhibitions

2023. 8     "Stilllive 2023 : Stilllive Studies" at Yurakucho Art Urbanism YAU, Tokyo, Japan

2023. 4     "あいとあいまい raw_live” at Shibuya PARCO Gallery X, Tokyo, Japan


2022.11    “Zui, osmosism”, Nuit de la Philo 2022 : Métamorphoses, Institut français du Japon - Tokyo

2022. 9     “Stilllive Village : Life of Arena”, Toyooka Theater Festival, Hyogo

2022. 8     “Group session - Per.Platform x Stilllive x EJAR.RAGORA”, Hong Kong

2022. 7     “Tomorrow Maybe x Per.Platform, Fluidity and Impermanence”, Eaton HK, Hong Kong
2022. 6.    “Bodies in unrest feat. Yuki Kobayashi” at Goethe-Insitut Tokyo 60 years Anniversary Program “G60”
                  Solo Performance “Battlecry”, Goethe-Institut Tokyo, 2022 

2022. 3     “Stilllive Performance Art Summit 2021-2022 — Tribute of Performance Anthology” at Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Japan

2021.10    "非≠人間と物質 / Non not equal Between man and matter " curated by Atsushi Nishida at 3331 Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan

2021.10    "Feeling Both Things at once" at UK Mexican Arts Society, London, UK

2021.10    "Stilllive Performance Art Summit Tokyo 2021-2022 ─ Hygiene / Transformation / Conviviality" at Goethe-Institut Tokyo,                     Japan



2021.10    Performance festival "Agoraphobia" organised by Token Art Center at Sumida Park, Tokyo, Japan

2021. 9     2021 Experiment Film and Video Festival in Seoul : EX-Live at MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary                     Art), Seoul, South Korea 


2021. 9    "君が忘れたダンスフェスティバル" at AGOLA Theatre, Tokyo, Japan

2021. 6    "Yuki Kobayashi Art Works 2012 - 2021" Solo exhibition at TAV GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

2021. 6    "Where is a place for us?" at The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

2021. 5    "Try the Video-Drawing" at TAV GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

2021. 4    Tokyo Tokyo Festival Special 13, "Tokyo Real Underground" organised by Dance Archive Network, Tokyo, Japan

2021. 1    "Embodied Interface" curated by Daniela Ruiz Moreno and X.Y.Huang, Webinar, Tokyo (22:00 - 00:00)


2020.12   "Stilllive : 2020 Contact Contradiction" at Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Japan

2020.12   "PORT : Performance or Theory at Dance base Yokohama, Japan

2020.11   Agitation : stirred portraits at CourtYard Hiroo, Tokyo, Japan 

2020. 3    3331 Art Fair (Selected Exhibition) at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan 

2020. 2    Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery Grand Opening Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

2020. 1    Venice International Performance Art Week, European Cultural Centre / Plazzo Mora & Palazzo Michel, Venice, Italy


2019.11   Festival Tokyo presents, “Artist Pit”, organised by Saori Hala (Dancer, Artist), Tokyo, Japan

2019.11   Performance for the film “Fake Daughter's Secret Room of Shame” directed by Ming Wong at ASAKUSA, Tokyo, Japan

2019. 9    Yuki Kobayashi founded the Performance Art Platform "Stilllive" at Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Japan.

                (Participated artists : Akiyoshi Nita, Mai Endo, Marina Komiya, Mayuko Inui, Miri Hamada, Towako Sano, Takuya                                Takemoto, Takumichan, Osamu Shikichi, Seki Yuka. Guest Speakers : Akiko Mizoguchi, Natsumi Araki Junya Utsumi.                        Staff : Sanghae Kwon)


2019. 7    Performance Art Residency Program "Project ID In-Between Identities" by Performance Site in Den Haag , Netherlands


2019. 6    "Geek Love Project" at Tokyo Tech Museum and Archives in Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

2019. 3    Vocalis 2019 at Beaconsfield Gallery, London, UK


2018.11   Performed for the film "O Tannenbaum" directed by Minouk Lim, curated by ASAKUSA

                (the film was shown at "The Imperial Ghost in the Neoliberal Machine (Figuring the CIA)" in e-flux gallery, New York)

2018.10   "Life of Athletics" at VACANT in Dance New Air 2018, Tokyo, Japan ( Solo Show )

2018.10   Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2018 at Institut Francais Kansai/Kyoto, Japan

2018. 9    18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2018, Dhaka, Bangladesh             

2018. 4    Re-Performance of Marina Abramović in the exhibition "The Cleaner" at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

                "Art Must be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful, 1975"



                "Imponderabilia, 1977"

                "Work Relation, 1987"


2017.11   Screening of "New Gender Bending Strawberry" at ArtSonje Center in PERFORM 2017, Seoul, South Korea 

2017.10   Yokohama Paratriennale 2017, Yokohama, Japan


2017. 7    "DUEL" in coopoation with IPA and PAS at Quartair, The Hague, Netherland

2017. 5    Yuki Kobayashi Performance in collaboration with Screen Shot Issue 02 Launch, Protein Studio, London, UK

2017. 5    Peckham 24, Screening Performance at Bosse & Baum, London, UK


2017. 4    Guru Den, Motoko Ishibashi with Performance by Yuki Kobayashi, Bosse & Baum, London, UK

2017. 1    Contemporary Venice, It's Liquid International Art show 2016, Venice, Italy


2016.12   Yuki Kobayashi Performance "Policy until Christmas" in "Acting Together" Yoko Ono & Rirkrit Tiravanija at ASAKUSA                         Gallery, Tokyo, Japan







2016.12   Yuki Kobayashi Performance in "Icarus Project -In between Light and Heat" at Espace KUU Gallery, Taisho University,                      Tokyo, Japan

2016.11   Breath In Breath out, RYS, at VDA Titanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania 


2016.10   Limit Less, We don't know what but it will happen at Kabinetas, Kaunas, Lithuania



2016. 8    Dada 100th Anniversary Festival, Gallery Voltaire at Spiral, Tokyo, Japan


2016. 7    Royal College of Art, Degree Show, London, UK


2016. 6    Fact, Factor, Factory, Performances, at Krux, Amsterdam, Netherland 

2016. 6    LEM Performance Festival 2016, at LIGHT EYE MIND, London, UK


2016. 5    Being - Doing, Asylum, London, UK

2016. 5    I will follow, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK

2016. 5    Revolve, Performance Art Days, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden


2016. 5    Yuki Kobayashi performance, "Untitled" in Ireland at Comeragh Mountains, Waterford, Ireland

2016. 1    Opening Night Part II, Chabah Yelmani Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


2015.11   Yuki Kobayashi performance, " Black Bowling " at Dyson Gallery, London UK 

2015.11   Performance Art Meeting at Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland


2015.10   Slick Art Fair Paris 2015, presented by Chabah Yelmani Gallery ( Brussels, Belguim ), Paris, France ( Solo Show )







2015. 9    Off The Wall at HQS Wellington Victoria Embankment, London, UK



2015. 7    Worked on the performance, Franko B, Milk and Blood at Toynbee Studios, London, UK

2015. 6    IN THE MOMENT OF DOING at Testbed 1, London, UK 

2015. 5    Out_of_that_forest at Köttinspektionen, Uppsala, Sweden

2015. 5    The Change in Perception of The Fine Art World in The 21st Century organised by We Create International, London, UK

2015. 4    New Gender Bending Strawberry, Chabah Yelmani Gallery, Brussels, Belgium ( Solo Show )



2015. 3    Slade Queer Club Present, Past Present Future Cult at Royal Vauxhall Tarvern, London, UK

2015. 3    Performance video showed at ART DUBAI CONTEMPORARY 2015, Dubai, UAE

2015. 2    Yuki Kobayashi, "Water" (1964 Spring) by Yoko Ono, Fluxus event scores from the collection "Grapefruit"  in solo                              exhibition of Christian Marclay at White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey, London, UK





2015. 1    Opening Night, Chabah Yelmani Gallery, Brussels, Belgium 

2015. 1    Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2014.11   Worked on the performance, The Nurse by Jefford Horrigan for Craig Barnes' The Centre for Remote Possibilities,

                ( Parts of the exhibition Revolver II Part 3 platform ) at Matt's Gallery, London, UK


2014.11   DUCKIE Present Saturday Night Performance, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, UK

2014. 6    We.Create International Present Raw Talent 2014 at Dalston Department Store, London, UK

2014. 5    Fine Art Degree show at Central Saint Martins 2014, London, UK


2014. 3    Group Exhibition, " Links " at 5th Base Gallery, London, UK



2013.12   Group Performance Exhibition, PRODUCTION HOUSE, Camden Art Centre, London, UK

2013. 7    Communication without language, Nagareyama, Chiba, Japan

2013. 6    Raw Talent @ Neverland Exhibition, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK

2013. 5    Group performance exhibition “II THREE FOUR” EPISODIC, DURATIONAL and ROAMING, 1 Granary Square, London,                   UK


"Chromosome" Life of Athletics at Japan Digital Theatre Archives 2020 in Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum (早稲田大学坪内博士記念演劇博物館)

Interview / Article / Journal / Magazine


2021. 9    Art Collector’s CAN-Contemporary Art Now, Selected by Daisuke Miyatsu New Media Art

2021. 6.   Spike Art Magazine online article, "SERVING LOOKS: AN INTERVIEW WITH YUKI KOBAYASHI"


2021. 5.  Spike Art Magazine #67 Spring Issue "SPORTS", Selected artists of contribution Images. 

2020. 3    Yuki Kobayashi featured interview at “HUFFPOST JAPAN”. 



2019. 9.    小林勇輝のパフォーマンスアートプラットフォームについて、ゲーテインスティトュート 東京


2019. 7    "HANATSUBAKI MAGAZINE No.824 AUTUM ISSUE 2019 (花椿 秋号 2019/07/15発行) Sports are beautiful" by SHISEIDO

2018.12   Yuki Kobayashi Performance Review,「Chromosome」, written by Natsumi Araki, featured "Real Tokyo". 


2018. 9    "CINRA.NET" interviewed Yuki Kobayashi.



2017. 8    Yuki Kobayashi // the New Gender Bending Strawberry, featured "Bubblegum Club", South Africa 


2017. 7    Giappone, Creatività e disabilità a Yokohama, at "Internazionale", Italy

2017. 5    Yuki Kobayashi featured "DAZED", The Japanese artist using sport to talk about sexuality,

                "The sportsman and performance artist Yuki Kobayashi on gender, identity and being naked.", London, UK



2017. 5    Breaking Boundaries with Yuki Kobayashi, Interviewed by "Protein Studio", London, UK


2016. 8    Portrait in London Vol 1, Yuki Kobayashi Performance Artist, interviewed at "HOUYHNHNM", Japan


2016. 6    ShowRCA 2016: School of Fine Art Addresses Contemporary Culture with Artistry by Octavia Reeve, Royal College of Art

                London, UK


2015.10   Look Right! L’estate indiana a Londra, parte IV, by Martina Cavallarin at "Artribune", Italy


2015.10   Article, 'Being Yellow' by Binghao Wong, Artist, Yuki Kobayashi " Maria ", at AQNB, London, UK


2015.10   Best of Parisian Fairs 2015 : do you know YUKI KOBAYASHI?, #HASHT-ART, France


2015. 6    Japanese Friends, New Websites, Gender Bending Strawberries and Sushi……May 2015 by Richard Bailey, London, UK


2015. 4    Devenir fraise, New Gender Bending Strawberry by Michel Verlinden at "Le Vif, l' Express",  Brussels, Belgium

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