HomePage Artists

b. 1972, Japan

Rinko Kawauchi Biography

The artist was born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972. She currently lives and works in Tokyo.

Read More

Kawauchi burst on the international scene in 2001 when she was awarded the Kimura-Ihei-Prize, Japan’s most important emerging talent photography prize, shortly followed by the simultaneous publication of three beautiful books, Utatane (Catnap), Hanabi (Fireworks), and Hanako, her very personal study of a young girl of the same name. Met with great critical acclaim, these 'visual essays' demonstrate her finesse and skill of telling a photographic tale. Since this triple-debut, the artist has gone to publish another eleven books, the newest of which are Illuminance and Ametsuchi. Kawauchi, currently one of the most famed contemporary female Asian artists, is a recipient the eminent Annual Infinity Award (2009) from New York’s International Centre of Photography, in the category Art, and similarly was shortlisted in 2012 for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. She has joined and held many group and solo shows both at home and abroad, with major solo exhibitions in the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in Paris, London’s The Photographers’ Gallery, the Hasselblad Centre in Gothenburg, Semear Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka, or Brussels’ ARGOS Centre for Art & Media. Major group exhibitions to date include those at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, inTokyo, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Aichi, or the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents. Her unique approach is like a 'drawing senses,' embracing motifs of every day details as well as cycle of life and its transience, and has been admired by art lovers all over the world.

Text courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie.

Rinko Kawauchi Featured Artworks

View All (41)
Untitled, from the series 'Hanabi' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled, from the series 'Hanabi', 2001C-type print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie Enquire
Untitled, from the series 'Hanabi' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled, from the series 'Hanabi', 2001C-type print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie Enquire
Untitled, from the series 'Hanabi' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled, from the series 'Hanabi', 2001C-type print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie Enquire
Untitled, from the series 'Hanabi' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled, from the series 'Hanabi', 2001C-type print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie Enquire
Untitled, from the series 'Hanabi' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled, from the series 'Hanabi', 2001C-type print
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie Enquire
Untitled, from the series 'Hanabi' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled, from the series 'Hanabi', 2001C-type print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie Enquire
Untitled, from the series 'Hanabi' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled, from the series 'Hanabi', 2001C-type print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie Enquire
Untitled from the series of 'UTATANE' by Rinko Kawauchi contemporary artwork
Rinko KawauchiUntitled from the series of 'UTATANE', 2001C-print

Sold
Taka Ishii Gallery

Rinko Kawauchi Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Land_Scope at Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
Closed
28 November 2019–25 January 2020 Group Exhibition Land_Scope Christophe Guye Galerie, ZurichZurich
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Showroom at Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
Closed
29 August–23 November 2019 Group Exhibition Showroom Christophe Guye Galerie, ZurichZurich

Rinko Kawauchi Represented By

Rinko Kawauchi In Related Press

Sympathy with small things: the luminous fragility of Rinko Kawauchi Related Press Sympathy with small things: the luminous fragility of Rinko Kawauchi 26 October 2018, The Guardian

A translucent bubble floats in the air next to a picture of a baby’s head cradled tenderly in an adult’s arms. Nearby, among an arrangement of similarly intimate images, an infant’s tiny hand is gently enfolded in an elderly grandparent’s grasp. On a single wall in the National Portrait Gallery, amid the contrasting styles and subject matter of...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Halo by Rinko Kawauchi – images of the everyday sublime Related Press Halo by Rinko Kawauchi – images of the everyday sublime 21 August 2017, The Guardian

Rinko Kawauchi came to prominence in 2001 with the simultaneous publication of three photography books: Utatane (Japanese for catnap), Hanabi (fireworks) and Hanako (after the young girl who is the subject). From the start, her images were intimate, poetic and often luminously beautiful, the world around her–whether her family, the sky...

Fade out copy.
Read More

Be among the first to know when new artworks and exhibitions by Rinko Kawauchi are added to Ocula.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

Scan to follow Ocula on WeChat.
;