Born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972. Lives and works in Tokyo.

In 2001 she simultaneously released a series of three photographic books – UTATANE, HANABI, HANAKO from Little More publisher, which created an overnight sensation in the photography world in Japan.

In 2002, she was awarded prestigious 27thAnnual Kimura Ihei Award for two of the books, UTATANE and HANABI. Further publications of Rinko Kawauchi, which should be mentioned, are AILA (FOIL 2004), the eyes, the ears, and Cui Cui (FOIL, 2005 / both) and Semear (FOIL, 2007). Received the eminent Annual Infinity Award 2009 by International Center of Photography, USA, in Art Category.

Kawauchi has joined and held many group and solo exhibitions both at home and abroad to date, among others, major solo exhibitions are: 2005 Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris; 2006 The Photographers’ Gallery, London; 2007 AILA + the eyes, the ears, Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg; 2007 Semear Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo; 2008 Cui Cui The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka: 2010 Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss - Photography, Video & Slides 2001-2009 ARGOS Center for Art & Media, Brussels. Major group exhibitions include: 2006 Collection of the Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo; 2008 Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where You Are Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi; Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 New Documents Brighton. Her unique approach of “drawing senses” and consistent motif of every day details, as well as circulation of life and its transience has been admired from the art lovers all over the world.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 Ametsuchi, Galerie Priska Parquer, Cologne
2013 Light and Shadow, KAGIYA Building 4F Gallery, Hamamatsu
2013 Ametsuchi, Aperture Gallery, New York
2013 Light and Shadow, msc Gallery, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto
2013 Ametsuchi, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
2013 Illuminance, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
2012 Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
2012 Light and Shadow, TRAUMARIS, Tokyo
2011 A Glimmer in Silence, FO.KU.S Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck, Germany
2011 Illuminance, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
2011 Illuminance, Gallery at Hermès, New York
2011 murmuration, Rose Gallery, Los Angels
2010 the eyes, the ears,, Kunstverein Augsburg e.V., Augsburg
2010 A Glimmer in Silence, Galeria Priska Pasquer, Cologne
2010 AILA, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga
2010 Iridescence, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
2010 Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss – Photography, Video and Slides, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels
2009 Condensation, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York
2009 a pause, GALLERY TRAX, Yamanashi
2008 Rinko Kawauchi, presente par Antoine de Vilmorin, Paris
2008 Cui Cui, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
2008 Semear, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
2008 UTATANE, Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid
2007 Cohan and Leslie, New York
2007 Semear, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo
2007 AILA + the eyes, the ears,, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm
2007 AILA + the eyes, the ears,, Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg
2006 AILA + the eyes, the ears,, FOTOGRAFISK CENTER, Copenhagen
2006 Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
2006 AILA + the eyes, the ears,, Galeria Carla Sozzani, Milan
2006 Rinko Kawauchi, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
2005 AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears,, Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris
2005 AILA, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui
2005 AILA, Cohan and Leslie, New York
2005 Cui Cui, QUATRE Florence
2004 AILA, California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside
2004 UTATANE, Cohan and Leslie, New York
2004 AILA, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
2003 HANABI, white cube, Kyoto
2003 HANABI, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
2003 Blue, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo
2003 Rinko Kawauchi, 4F Gallery, Los Angels
2003 Wacall photo exhibition, SPIRAL GARDEN, Tokyo
2003 UTATANE, vonrot gallery, Berlin
2002 HANABI, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
2002 UTATANE, Colette, Paris
2001 UTATANE, Parco Gallery, Tokyo
2001 HANABI, Gray, Tokyo
2001 HANAKO, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
2001 HIBI, Aki-Ex Gallery, Tokyo
2000 HITOIKI, Light Works, Kanagawa
1998 UTATANE, Guardian Garden, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Exhibition of the 29th Higashikawa Award Winners, Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido
2013 The Aesthetics of Photography - Five Elements Collection Exhibition 2013, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
2013 Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2012 Daegu Photo Biennale 2012, Daegu, Korea
2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012, The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Co Berlin, Berlin
2012 To Wander a Garden, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
2012 Visible / Invisible, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

2011 FotoGrafia - Festival Internazionale di Roma, Roma
2011 Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany
2011 Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montréal, Canada
2011 Colloquy and Soliloquy, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York
2011 Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art curated by David Elliott, Japan Society, New York

2010 The 6th Lianzhou Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China
2010 Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 New Documents curated by Martin Parr, Brighton, UK
2010 Summer Loves, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
2010 Kassel Fotobook Festival 2010, Documenta Halle, Kassel

2009 Touch the World Borderless, Art Museum NO-MA, Shiga
2009 Photography Now China, Japan, Korea San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2009 Parrworld (touring), Jeu de Paume, Paris, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
2009 FotoGrafia Festival International in Roma Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
2009 Verdure! New Acquisitions and Related Works of the Collection, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

2008 Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where You Are, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
2008 Parrworld, Haus der Kunst, Munich

2007 Curator’s Choice ’07: Museum Dialogues, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

2006 A to Z by Yoshitomo Nara + graf, Yoshii Brick House, Aomori
2006 PHotoEspaña 2006, Madrid
2006 Collection of the Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2006 Whisper not!, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

2004 Lonely Planet, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Mito
2004 AILA & UTATANE, Recontres d’Arles Photographie, France

2003 Love Planet, The 41st Okayama City Arts Festival Program, Okayama
2003 HOPE, Laforet Museum, Tokyo
2003 FOIL, Litte More Gallery, Tokyo

2002 Kimura Iehei Award Winners Exhibition Minolta, Photo Space Shinjuku, Tokyo

2000 Hinata Kanata, Landmark Tower Gallery, Kanagawa

Awards

2013 The 29th Higashikawa Award, Domestic Photographer Award
2013 Art Encourage Prize for New Artist from the Ministry of Education
2009 ICP 25th Annual Infinity Award, Art Category
2002 Winner of the 27th Kimura Ihei Award
2002 The Photographic Society of Japan, the Rookie of the Year Award
1997 Grand Prix Prize, The Guardian Garden’s 9th Hitotsubo Award

Collections

The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Books from Rinko KAWAUCHI

Halo

Rinko KAWAUCHI

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AILA

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Semear

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Rinko KAWAUCHI, Terri WEIFENBACH

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Hanabi

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