MISAKI KAWAI

Born 1978 Kagawa, Japan
Lives and works between New York and Japan

EDUCATION

1997-99
Kyoto College of Art, Kyoto, Japan

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 
In Residence, OUTPOST, Copenhagen, Denmark
Moko Moko Doki Doki, The Hole, New York 

2019 
Paper Party, Tokyo Art Book Fair GINZA EDITION, Ginza Sony Park, Tokyo 

2018
Pinecone Times, The Hole, New York 

Fluffy Days, Lotte Gallery, Ilsan 
Fluffy Days, Avenuel Art Hall, Seoul, Korea

2017
Romantic Melody, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016
Cave Life, The Hole, New York, United States

2013
Where to go, Muji to go kitte, Tokyo, Japan

Area, The Hole, New York, United States
Homeland 2020, Marunouchi house, Tokyo, Japan
Hair Show, The Hole, New York, United States
Anxiety, The New York Times, New York, United States

2012
Love from Mt. Pom Pom, CMA – The Childrens Museum of Art, New York, United States

Art Hong Kong Hong Kong, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Fun, Riihimaki Art Museum, Finland

2011
Wet Shiny Surprise, Gallery Loyal, Malmö, Sweden

Nice Bang, Fumetto, Lucerne, Switzerland
Big Bubble, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Enpitsu Taisou, Take Ninagawa, Japan

2010
Project N 43, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2009
Homeland 2020, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

Oishii Ninkimono, Lammfromm, Tokyo, Japan
Kung Fu Forest, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, United States

2008
Outdoor Club, Paul Bright, Toronto, Canada

Fancy Pants, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Misaki Kawai, Tao Soju, Gallery J Chen, Taipei, Taiwan

Kimagure Float, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan         

2007
Tiger Punch, Clementine Gallery, New York, United States

Fuzzy Love, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Big Break, Perugi Arte Contemporary Art, Padova, Italy

2006
Boro-Boro Doro-Doro, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Momentum 7, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, United States

2005
Mars Investigation Laboratory, Kantor / Feuer Window, New York, United States

2004
Kuru Kuru Jet, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, Unites States

2003
Sun Park, Inman Gallery, Houston, United States

Octopus Pier, MoMA PS1, New York, United States
Misaki Kawai Summer Show, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York, United States

2002
Air Show, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York, Unites States

Garbage Room, New Image Art, West Hollywood, United States

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Lampadephoria, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2020
MINE IV, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen

Anecdote, Stems Gallery, Brussels 

2019
MINE III, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Birds, CHART Art Fair with V1 Gallery, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Off the Wall, Hudson Yards, New York 
Paper View, The Hole, New York

2018
MINE II, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
EXTRA, The Hole, New York
Tables, Pots & Plants – A song for Matisse, V1 Gallery at VOLTA14, Basel, Switzerland

2017
MINE, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Horses, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Hole at Art Los Angeles Contemporary, The Hole, New York, United States

Melted City 4 – curated by Louie Cordero and Jordin Isip, ISB Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Melted City 3 – curated by Louie Cordero and Jordin Isip, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines

2016
Character, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Greek Gotham, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece
The Aging Coconut, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Booby Trap, The Hole, New York, United States
The Parlor, V1 Gallery at VOLTA12, Basel, Switzerland
The Hole at Art Cologne 2016, Köln, Germany
Nieves & Innen Zine Library, Swiss Institute, New York
Nieves 200+ Zines, Open MUJI, Shanghai, China
Keep It Together, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, California, United States

2015
13, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Eric Firestone Gallery at UNTITLED 2015, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Eric Firestone Gallery at NADA New York 2015, New York, United States
Powerful Babies: Keith Haring’s Impact on Artists Today, Spritmuseum, Stockholm
Tiger Tiger, Salon 94, New York, United States
Outta Town Sh*t, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, United States
She Sells Seashells by the Seashore, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, United States
Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York, United States
Woman House, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York, United States

2014
Playmaking, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan

This Is Not A Toy, curated by Pharrell Williams, The Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada
More Material, curated by Duro Olowu, Salon 94, New York, United States
Early Man, The Hole, New York, United States
Tee Pee Project, curated by Eric Firestone, The Mondrian, Miami, United States
The Hole at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2014, Santa Monica, California, United States

2013
Where To Go, MUJI to go kitte, Tokyo, Japan

Area, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, The Hole, New York, United States
Japanese Artists in New York, Marunouchi House, Tokyo, Japan
Anxiety, The NY Times, New York, United States
Chicken or Beef, curated by Jesper Elg, The Hole, New York, United States
The Hole at NADA Miami Beach 2013, Collins Ave. and 67th St. in North Miami Beach, United States

2012    
The Big Bang, The Watermill Center, New York, United States
Fun, Riihimäki Art Museum, Finland

2011
75 Artists in 75 Years, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, United States

STATUS – Somewhere between position and Condition, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
In The Garden, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia
Party Animals, curated by Lindsay Scoggins, Royal/T Art Space, Los Angeles, United States
Face Maker, curated by Kathy Grayson, Royal/T Art Space, Los Angeles, United States

2010
ALBUM, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Insider/Outsider, Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, Portugal

Take Ninagawa, FIAC, Paris, France
Mutant Pop, Loyal, Malmö, Sweden
Not Quite Open for Business, The Hole, New York, United States
Happily Unhappy, Blanc Compound, Mandaluyong, Philippines

2009
I Believe, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan

Wild Future 2, Galerie Zürcher, Paris, France
Visions of the Frontier, The Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain
Oishii Ninkimono, Lammfromm, Tokyo, Japan
Live: Misaki Kawai, Harcozd, Tokyo, Japan
I Can´t FeelMy Face, Curated by KAWS, Royal/T Art Space, Los Angeles, United States
Circle of Friends, Vacant, Tokyo, Japan
Heart Break Hotel, Freight and Volume, New York, United States
Frédric Magazine 3, Espace GHP, Paris, France
Wild Feature, Gallery Zürcher, New York, United States
Overlooked, The Plug in ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
Frédéric Magazine 3, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France
Flight of Fancy, Kenny Schachter/Rove, London, United Kingdom
Dime Bag 3, Giant Robot, New York, United States
Live: The Butternuts, Supercore, New York, United States
15 year Anniversary, Paul Bright, Toronto, Canada
Nada Art Fair, Nada (Take Ninagawa), Miami, United States

2008
Nada Art Fair, Nada (Take Ninagawa), Miami, United States

Last Second First, ISB Gallery, Providence, United States
The Lords, David Lawrence Gallery, L.A., United States
Mail Order Monsters, Curated by Kathy Grayson, Max Wigram Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Fun House, Park Life, San Francisco, United States
Just It (Just Be), Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Sweden
Panorama Project 3, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, United States
Return To Sender, Krets, Malmo, Sweden
Chasing For The Combat Blue, Zenshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
I Won’t Grow Up, curated by Donald Baechler, Cheim & Read, New York, United States
Everything Else, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, United States
Crocodile Tears, Giant Robot, New York, United States
Yard Sale Auction, Honey Space, New York, United States
Move 16, Cinders Gallery, New York, United States
Wet ‘n Wild, Kim Light, L.A., United States
Object Salon, Honey Space, New York, United States
Kunst Gruppe, Werkstatte, New York, United States

2007
Hey You Guysssssss!, Community Outreach, Toronto, Canada

Making Home, Japan Society, New York, United States
Gallery Artist, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Sorty Club, GR2 / Giant Robot, L.A., United States
Red Hot, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States
Art Under Glass, Macy’s Herald Square, New York, United States
Animal Wrestling, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Houston, United States
Homegrown, David Krut Projects, New York, United States
Not Only A, but B, Transformer Gallery, D.C., United States
Paper Trails, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
I Love Tourism, Galleria Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy
Look Behind You, Giant Robot, New York, United States
Five Painters, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
These Bagels are Gnarly, Cinders Gallery, New York, United States

2006
Guy Ben-ner, Misaki Kawai, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

Unwrapping the Wing, The Invisible Museum, Denver, United States
Art Parade, Deitch Projects, New York, United States
The Thousand Things, MU Mueseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Collage Party, Zieher Smith Gallery, New York, United States
Waves, Mollusk Surf Shop, San Francisco, United States
Don’t Abandon the Ship, curated by Eddie Martinez, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, United States
The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, United States
It’s a Beautiful day, curated by Paul Laster, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, United States

2005
Live Through This, Deitch Projects, Miami Design District, Miami, United States

Tiger Drip, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, United States
Desired Constellations, curated by Meredith Darrow, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, United States
Clementine Project Room Summer Show, Clementine Gallery, New York, United States
Hanging by a Thread, curated by Nina Arias and Jose Diaz, The Moore Space, Miami, United States
No Bones about It, curated by Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, West Hollywood, United States
Greater New York 2005, MoMA PS1, New York, United States
Move#13, curated by Rich Jacobs, Clementine Gallery, New York, United States

2004
Move Eleven, curated by Rich Jacobs, 96 Gillespie, London, United Kingdom

Five Artist Shows, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, United Kingdom
Trunk of Humours, curated by Kathy Grayson, Deitch Projects, New York, United States
Majority Whip, curated by Kathy Grayson and Laura Tepper, White Box, New York, United States
The Hunt For Your Family, curated by Martin Lilja and Amy Giunta, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Hunt For Your Family, curated by Martin Lilja and Amy Giunta, Odd Number, Stockholm
Becoming Giants, curated by Camila Marambio, Le Roy Neiman Gallery / Columbia University, United States

2003
Baby You Can’t Drive My Car, curated by Kenny Schachter, Cooper Classics, New York, United States

Art Band, curated by Kenny Schachter, New York, United States
Lead Poisoning, curated by Rich Jacobs and Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, West Hollywood, United States
Funny Cry Happy, New Image Art, West Hollywood, United States
Crazy Bastard, curated by Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, West Hollywood, United States
Collective Conscious, curated by Scenic, Mavi, New York, United States

2002
Miami, curated by Kenny Schachter, Miami, United States

Tensionism, curated by Kenny Schachter, Kenny Schachter/Rove, New York, United States
Dime Bag, curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, New Image Art, Los Angeles, United States
Super Hero, curated by Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, West Hollywood, United States
Panorama, curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, The Front Room, Brooklyn, United States
Mica & Misaki, curated by Victoria Reis and Jayme McLellan, Transformer, Washinghton D.C., United States

2001
The Exquisite Day Project, curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, United States

2000
Move East, curated by Rich Jacobs, One Pixel, Philadelphia, United States

SELECTED PRESS

2020
Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids, Broadsheet

2018
Artist Misaki Kawai expresses her love of fluffy and wobbly things, It’s Nice That, Jyni Ong

2017
Heta Uma – Misaki Kawai @ V1 Gallery, Kopenhagen Magazine, interview by Mary Ann Cvahte

2016
A total non-interview with Japan’s quirkiest artist shotdown by a wizard of whimsy, Huck Magazine, Cian Traynor

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2019
Chewey Bone Zine, fabric bound with unique handmade dog attached, 20 pages
Yogi Master Zine, staple and string boind with fabric tab and ornament from India travels, 20 pages

Topo Zine, string bound with special ornaments, 16 pages

Misaki Kawai (b. 1978, Japan) lives and works between America, Europe and Japan. Her various visual explorations – spanning from handmade artist zines, prints, paintings, fluffy toys, ceramics, fashion, furniture and total installations – is never limited to one specific medium, nor is it syntactic or hierarchic; she combines and is constantly working on several projects and pieces at once. For more than two decades, Kawai has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (USA); Malmö Kunsthall (Sweden); the Children’s Museum of Arts, New York (USA); the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (Japan); and has been featured in shows at MoMA PS1, Peter Freeman Inc, and Deitch Projects in New York. Most recently, was her solo exhibition, Moko Moko Doki Doki, at The Hole in New York; and her large-scale installation Moja Moja Life was on display at the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial in Australia in 2021. Kawai is currently back in residence at the old naval museum in Copenhagen, where she prepared her 2017 solo exhibition, Romantic Melody, at V1 Gallery.