Kazuhito Kawai - CV + BIO

Kazuhito Kawai creates ceramic vessels that are inspired by his identification with Japan’s “lost generation,” one that has lived through a steady downward trend where hope was uncommon, drugs and alcohol were abundant and pop culture served to ease the pain. With their chaos, irregularity, collapse and fragility his works allude to despair and with their bright and lustrous colors, they also mask it.


Born 1984, Ibaraki, Japan
Lives and works in Ibaraki

Education
2018
Kasama College of Ceramic Art

2007
BA, University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts

Solo Exhibitions
2021

Like A Virgin, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2019
The Kitsch, t.gallery, Tokyo
Or Impressionism, rusu, Meguro, Tokyo

2018
Naughty Loneliness, SOZO Salon, Tokyo

2017
Freaks, House in Kasama, Ibaraki

Group Exhibitions
2020
HCN, Tokyo International Gallery
Art Basel (with Taka Ishii Gallery)
Full Frontal: Nude Circulator, Mitsukoshi Contemporary Art Gallery, Tokyo
Taipei Connections (with Sokyo, Taipei)
SHOW ME [TUCHIKURE] with LOOP FEELING, Sokyo, Kyoto
Frieze Los Angeles (with Taka Ishii Gallery)

2019
Art Basel Miami Beach (with Taka Ishii Gallery)
Design Miami (with Sokyo)
Art Kyoto (with Sokyo)
±8, SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
Life As Present, L’Arbre à Plumes, Brussels

2018
Shu-Shu-Shu-Show: Spiral (with t.gallery), Tokyo

Awards
2018
Shibuya Awards

Bibliography
2020
Clark, Garth. “Kazuhito Kawai: Is it real or is it Memorex,” C-File, October 22
Miseviciute, Aiste. “DISCOVER: Six New-Generation Japanese Ceramic Artists to Watch,” We Are Japan, August 13
Ohad, Daniella. “7 Japanese Artists Put a Contemporary Spin on Craft Materials,” Interior Design, May 27