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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 bachelor of navigation and engineering with a national award winning thesis 1981,

started working as a product designer for a windsurfing manufacturer 1981, apprenticed for furniture making and graphic design until married 1986, established first studio in chigasaki japan 1986, started traveling with wife 1986,

came to australasia and stayed in auckland new zealand 1987,

further apprentice at furniture design studio in auckland until settling 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,

installation 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,

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

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

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,


so far, sixty-one and still running everyday, playing basketball with local boys. life goes on