Mayumi Lake (Osaka, 1966) is a Chicago-based artist.
Her work delve into childhood and pubescent dreams, phobia and desires. She employs herself and others as her models, as well as dolls, toys, weapons, vintage clothes, and altered landscapeas her props.
She has studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, and holds both a BFA (1997) and a MFA (2000) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of a 2001 Illinois Art Council Artist Fellowship Grant, and her monograph Poo-Chi was published by Nazraeli Press in 2002. In My Idol (2006), Lake returns to the theme of innocence complicated by sexuality as she revisits her poignantly simple childhood notions of an ideal life and perfect partner from the perspective of an adult experienced in the complexities (and disappointments) of actual relationships.