My paintings focus on the individuals that are marginalized and occupy the corners of our world. Reviled as deformed or strange and seen as repelling and unpleasant, they are criticized and swept away. Yet they continue to live day to day, facing the darkness inside, struggling with the pain in their hearts. Listening to their voices, their cries, I cherish the images that arise and try to create simple and honest representations.   – Kaz Watabe –


Born in Chiba, Japan in 1975
Lives and works in Chiba, Japan
2006 Graduated from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Faculty of Arts and Crafts, Department of Fine Arts, Painting major, Oil painting course
【Selected Solo Exhibition】
2023 Kaz Watabe: Sakuhin-ten (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2022 Kaz Watabe: For All that Lives (SEIZAN Gallery Tokyo 凸, Tokyo)
Kaz Watabe: Bucket Boy & Inchworm (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2020 Kaz Watabe: Hitsuji-bito no Sekai (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2019 Kaz Watabe: Kaiga-ten (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2017 Kaz Watabe: Kaiga-ten (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
Kaz Watabe (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2016 Art Fair Tokyo 2016 “Kaz Watabe” (Tokyo International Forum, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Tokyo)
2015 Kaz Watabe Kaiga-ten: Melancholy days (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2014 Kaz Watabe Kaiga-ten: Yume miru mono tachi (Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo)
2013 Kaz Watabe Artworks (Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
Kaz Watabe: Yume miru mono tachi (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2012 Kaz Watabe-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Kaz Watabe Sakuhin-ten: Mellowly (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
Kaz Watabe-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2011 Kaz Watabe-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Art Space ∞ “Kaz Watabe Tokushu” (Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Kaz Watabe-ten (Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
【Selected Group Exhibition】
2023 Art Taipei (SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan)
2022 Summer Group Show (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2021 JOKER (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2020 Sparkle-ten: Ninki sakka no kagayaki (Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
2018 Rin: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Fair 2018 (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2016 Yokai Tea Ceremony (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
SEIZAN Gallery 20th Anniversary Special Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2014 Kaiga-ichi (Funabashi Tobu, Chiba)
2011 Polka dot: Yayoi Kusama and Shinei Sakka-ten (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2010 Yuga no Kanousei (Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo)
Two Persons Exhibition “Hikojiro Fujisawa and Kaz Watabe” (Sapporo Daimaru, Hokkaido)
Something Precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued in 2011, 2014-2019 )
2009 Kitai no Shinjin Sakka-ten (Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo)