Kai Watanabe was born in Rome, Italy in 1999, and moved to California in 2000. He is a media artist and designer, who has studied and practiced design since his early teenage years. He is enrolled in one of the top universities in America, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is now in his final year of UCLA, pursuing a BA in Design Media Arts. During his time as a student, he has created motion graphic work that has premiered across the US and Japan.
As a media artist, Kai examines the borders between art and technology through the use of interactive and immersive experiences. Through these experiences he strives to broaden the perception of art so that fields traditionally understood to be outside the sphere of art, such as the maths and sciences, are recognized as equally creative and expressive fields. He believes that widening the definition of art can help normalize the practice of approaching larger societal issues from multiple or previously unwelcomed viewpoints.



1999Born in Rome, Italy
2017Enrolled in BA, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, Design Media Arts
Currently, based in Los Angeles


2020“HCN”, Tokyo International Gallery, Tokyo
“Compressed Cinema” EDA, UCLA Broad Art Center, Los Angeles
“From the Heartland”, UCLA LCC Theater Company, Online
2019Screening of “Creator’s Turmoil” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
“Motion” at EDA, UCLA Broad Art Center, Los Angeles
“Bruin ArtPop”, UCLA Kerckhoff Hall, Los Angeles