Born in 1984 in Ibaraki, Japan. Kawai studied contemporary art at Chelsea College of Art in London (BA.HONS) Fine Art, 2007). After returning to Japan, he studied ceramics at the Ibaraki Prefectural College of Ceramics, graduating in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. He currently lives and works in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Solo exhibitions include "The Kitsch" (t.gallery Tokyo, 2019), "Freaks" (House in Kasama, Ibaraki, 2017), "Show Me with LOOP feeling" (contemporary art, Sokyo, Kyoto, 2020), "Full Frontal Naked Circulator" (Mitsukoshi Contemporary Art Gallery, Tokyo (2020), "±8 - Contemporary Ceramics" (The Shop Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong, 2019), among others. He has also exhibited at national and international art fairs such as Art Kyoto (2019), Art Basel in Miami Beach (2019), Frieze Los Angels (2020), and Art Basel (2020). One of his major collections is the Takahashi Collection.
After studying contemporary art, his encounter with the medium of ceramics was an experience that liberated his creativity and led him to a breakthrough. Characterized by dynamic colors and shapes, his ceramic works show various expressions of irregularity, ugliness, grotesqueness, and fragility, revealing the inner self brought out by the material in a multi-layered way. The piled up lumps of clay reflect the time axis of the dialogue between the clay and himself.
|1984||Born in Ibaraki, Japan|
|2007||Graduated from University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Fine Art, B.A. (HONS)|
|2018||Graduated from Kasama College of Ceramic Art|
Currently, based in Ibaraki, Japan
|2019||Or impressionism, rusu, Meguro, Tokyo|
The Kitsch, gallery, Tokyo
|2018||Naughty Loneliness, SOZO Salon, Tokyo|
|2017||Freaks, House in Kasama, Ibaraki|
|2020||“HCN”, Tokyo International Gallery, Tokyo|
“SHOW ME” [TSUCHIKURE] with “LOOP FEELING”, Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto
“full Freon Tal nude”, Mitsukoshi Contemporary Gallery, Tokyo
|2019||Life as Present, L’Arbre à Plumes, Brussels, Belgium|
±8- A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
|2020||Frieze Los Angeles, Taka Ishii Gallery, Los Angeles|
Taipei Connections, Sokyo Gallery, Online
Art Basel, Taka Ishii Gallery, Online
|2019||Design Miami, Sokyo Gallery, Miami|
Art Basel in Miami Beach, Taka Ishii Gallery, Miami
Art Kyoto, Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto
|2018||Shu-Shu-Shu-Show, Spiral, t. gallery, Tokyo|
|2018||Shibuya Awards 2018|