Born in 1953.
At the youthful age of 28 he was chosen to be a participating artist in the Venice Biennale. Having since taken part in Documenta and international exhibitions, he has achieved high acclaim in Europe and around the world.
Today he is an important artist and indispensable presence within a growing trend in art to value the production process and participation in society and history.
Kawamata's work transcens the art context and extends to fields such as architecture and city planning, history, sociology, everyday communication, and even medical treatment.
2000, Japan Arts Foundation Encouragement of Contemporary Art Awards.
2013, the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts.
2014, L'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, (Officier)