Kipp Kobayashi is an artist interested in the traces of human activity and how they transform the structures and systems of our physical world into living entities of our collective thoughts, action and experiences. His work stems from his background growing up as an Asian American which has led to a lifelong interest in deconstructing our preconceived notions of who we are and what we are; breaking them down into the most basic elements of human and natural factors to better understand the unique sets of combinations and patterns that define a more nuanced interpretation of identity and cultural belonging.
Kobayashi has been commissioned by organizations and agencies across the nation including the Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, the Baltimore Red Line, Sound Transit, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums as well as numerous city and private collections. Based in Los Angeles, he received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Southern California. He has taught extensively at the Cal Poly School of Environmental Design, served as vice-chairman of the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Public Art Exchange, a national peer to peer network dedicated to providing a democratic and open communication platform for the field of public art.