biography
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born in tokyo japan, father michio nakagawa and mother koko nakagawa 1957,

studied mathematics and languages - japanese and english - at koishikawa college until 1976, graduated tokyo university of fisheries 1980,
completed advanced course in navigation and engineering with awarded thesis by japan institute of navigation 1981,

worked for windsurfing manufacturer as product designer 1981-1984, apprenticed for furniture making and graphic design until married mika 1986, established first studio in chigasaki japan 1986,

started traveling, came to australasia by container-ship and arrived at auckland 1986, traveled around new zealand 1987,

further apprenticed at furniture design studio in auckland until settled on waiheke island 1988,
established kazu nakagawa studio 1988, son ku born 1993, daughter hu born 1995 divorced 1999,

artist in residency at christchurch polytechnic 2000,

sound installation in collaboration with composers helen and david bowater 2001,

first catalogue published in collaboration with poet riemke ensing 2007,

dialogue with buddhist lama tsering everest for the series 'calligraphy' 2009,

installation with fashion designer beth ellery for the series [un]dress 2009,

dialogue with architectural historian jessica halliday for the series a play 'and land' 2012,

interactive project with art historian jackie o'brien + amanda wayers for the work play 'catwalk' 2012-13,

public art integration for auckland council/waiheke library 2009-14,

installation project, collaboration with yoga clothing designer jyoti morningstar 2015-16,

documentary short film 'knowing' - director bridget quick 2010-17,

visual & audio installation project in collaboration with helen bowater and ku nakagawa 2016-17,

installation project, collaboration with architects phil howard and david nutsford 2018-19,

art-talk in japanese, directed by mathematician ko hayashi, collaboration project chapter I 2019,

community art-work project with gretchen goldwater, ken christie and large number of supporters 2019,

short film 'kazu nakagawa' - director ku nakagawa 2020,

installation project with curation by grant banbury 2020-21,

 

so far sixty-three and still running most evenings, playing basketball with local boys, life goes on,