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Aya Kawato

Aya Kawato was born in Nara, Japan, in 1988. After studying traditional Japanese textile in Kyoto, she moved to the capital city to study at Tokyo University of the Arts, wherein she participated in an exchange program at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris.
Influenced by her father, who is a neuroscientist, she was exposed to the truth that we see this world through our brain. In line with the research theme of “Controlled/Uncontrolled”, she has been focusing to create abstract grid paintings. In these paintings, she combines the knowledge and expertise that she has gained through her background in Japanese traditional textile with the findings of the modern neuroscientific studies.

Personal exhibitions

2023 project N 89 KAWATO Aya, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, JP
2022 Diagonal Dimension, The Triangle, Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, Kyoto, JP
2021 My Grid Paintings: 2016-2021, Nihombashi Mitsubishi Main Store Art Gallery, Tokyo, JP
2021 Ori Scopic, Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto, JP
2020 Tell me what you see, P-Y Caër Gallery, Paris, FR
2019 Solo Exhibition, Aifa, Geneva, CH
2019 Controlled/Uncontrolled, P-YCaër Gallery, Paris, FR 2018 Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto, JP
2017 C/U_CCLXXX-CXC_(w)_I, Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo, JP

Groups exhibitions

2023 Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka, JP
2023 Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, DE
2022 When Tide Become a Form, Kagoo, Osaka, JP
2021 Aifa Gallery Opening, Aifa, Verbier, CH
2021 Color in Art, Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo, JP
2020 Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, JP
2020 Crossing Paintings, Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto, JP
2019 Hankyu Umeda Main Store, Osaka, JP
2019 Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
2019 artKYOTO, Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto, JP
2019 Art Fair Tokyo, JP
2018 Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, JP
2018 Kyoto Nippon Festival 2018, JP
2018 Asia Now Art Fair, Paris, FR
2017 FIAC, Paris, FR
2017 Art on Paper, Pier 36, New York, US
2017 Micheko Galerie, Munich, DE
2017 The 13th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, JP
2017 The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, JP
2017 Art Space Morgenrot, Tokyo, JP
2016 Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo, JP
2016 IID Gallery, Institute of Design, Tokyo, JP
2016 The 30th Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program, Eye of Gyre, Tokyo, JP
2015 The 10th Geidai Art Plaza Awards Exhibition, Geidai Art Plaza, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, JP
2015 Tokyo Design Week 2015, JP
2014 École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, Paris, FR
2012 Tokyo University of the Arts, Ibaraki, JP

Selected works