b. 1978, Osaka, Japan
Misaki Kawai (b. 1978, Kagawa, Japan) is known for her exuberant work which combines childlike playfulness with a sophisticated sensibility. Kawai grew up in Osaka and studied at the Kyoto College of Art before moving to New York in 2000, all the while maintaining a passion for world travel. Absorbing diverse influences, Kawai combines artistic styles and craft traditions within her practice. This amalgamation of high and low speaks to Superflat, the Japanese postwar art movement that draws from manga and anime freely, seeking to quash any difference between art and life. Whether through a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor or sincere optimism, Kawai’s work always surprises and delights. Though she is a tireless explorer of techniques, Kawai works in a visual language that is distinctly hers. Working in all mediums as well as installation, Kawai has had solo exhibitions at venues including The Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York, ICA Boston, Malmö Konsthall, and MoMA PS1. In 2015, Kawai completed a residency in East Hampton with Eric Firestone Gallery that culminated in a solo presentation at NADA in New York. Kawai currently lives between New York and Japan.