Kim was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and grew up in the DMV. Kim received her BFA in Visual Arts/Photography from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her MFA in Fine Art/Photography at San Francisco State University.
As a young Pinay growing up in the suburbs of DC, very far away from her family in Batangas, she realized that her relationship with her heritage has always been mediated by the internet. She is interested in globalism and the way that technology has brought us closer and further away from our diasporic roots. Through the lens of diaspora, Arteche’s work revolves around epistemology, acting as an interlocutor between traditional research, oral history, and Internet searches. She works in photography, installation, and social practice.
Kimberley was awarded the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards by the San Francisco Foundation in 2014, showed in Root Division's 2015 MFA Now, and was Kearny Street Workshop's 2015 APAture Featured Visual Artist. She completed her MFA in May of 2016 as San Francisco State University School of Art's Distinguished Graduate. Kim is currently teaching at Leadership High School and is Root Division's 2016-2017 Blau-Gold Teaching Fellow, teaching with San Francisco's Filipino Education Center.