Tatsuo Kawaguchi

Tatsuo Kawaguchi (b. 1940, Kobe, Japan) currently lives and works in Chiba City, Japan. Kawaguchi studied at Tama University of Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan where he graduated with a BFA. Kawaguchi has remained at the forefront of the contemporary art scene in Japan since the 1960s. He is a core member of Group I, an avant-garde artist collective founded in Kobe City in 1965. Kawaguchi’s work is notable for its investigation of objects and their materiality through a use of diverse mediums such as iron, metal, paper, fabric, and wood.


In 1970, Kawaguchi was selected to participate in the 10th Tokyo Biennale, “Between Man and Matter,” which brought together the work of leading Japanese artists along their American and European contemporaries like Carl Andre, Sol Le Witt, and Richard Serra. Kawaguchi has exhibited consistently in both solo and group exhibitions since the 1960s and his work can be found in collections the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan; Iwaki City Art Museum, Japan; Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan; Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.