Tamiko Kawata (b. Kobe, Japan) is a sculptor and painter living and working in New York City since 1962. Kawata’s work is driven by the differences between life in America and Japan, particularly what she describes as the American “throwaway lifestyle”. Using common things from our daily lives as her medium: rubber bands, safety pins, toilet paper tubes and bottle caps, among other discarded items, her work ranges from intricate compositions to elaborate installations.
Kawata has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries worldwide. Her site-specific installation “Rain Forest”, Kawata’s personal statement against nuclear bombs, has appeared by invitation in prominent galleries across New York.
Her work is in countless distinguished collections including the Museum for Arts and Design, NY, NY and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant in 2006, three Empire State Craft Alliance Grants, two New York Foundation for the Arts Grants as a Gregory Millard Fellow, and the Louise Bourgeois Residency Award for Sculpture among others.
Kawata received her BA in Sculpture from Tokyo University of Education, currently Tsukuba University, Tokyo, Japan.