Byron Kim (born in 1961 in La Jolla, California) is a contemporary performer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In the in the future 1990s he produced minimalist paintings exploring racial identity. He graduated from Yale University in 1983 where he was a believer of Manuscript Society.
Kim's feint in the in advance 1990s consisted of monochrome canvases depicting the skin tones of connections and family. He gained early greeting for Synecdoche, his contribution to the 1993 Whitney Biennial, which embodied the aesthetic and political aspirations of the art in that year's exhibition. Synecdoche (1991–1992) is a grid of 400 small, monochromatic paintings. Each panel recreates the skin color of an individual who sat for Kim though he painted their portrait. Although the works, at first glance, resemble minimalist paintings of the 1960s the racial and embassy dimensions became apparent after reading in the exhibition catalogue how the works came about.
These monochrome canvases were followed by two or three-zoned canvases that color-sampled objects, sites or people. Kim collaborated with player Glenn Ligon on Black & White (1993), part of a series critiquing the 'prejudices' of art materials, specifically the hues of 'Flesh'-colored tubes of paint. 46 Halsey Drive Wallingford CT (1995) records his relatives members' various recollections of the color of a home Kim lived in as a child. Other works employ a more naturalistic approach to represent details such as the palms of the artist's hands, or the whorls in his children's hair.
Kim afterward paints landscapes and makes photographic assemblages.