Kaori Kato


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Kaori Kato has completed her bachelor of Fine art ( Honours ) in 2009 and Master of Visual Art in 2010 at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) -The University of Melbourne. Katos works have been included in several exhibitions, including Gertrude Contemporary Art Space Melbourne (Mercy Street Curated by Anusha Kenny), Craft Victoria (Fresh! Finalist 2009) and Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (Attune to the Earth (solo exhibition), curated by Donald Williams, Global Art Projects).

She was also invited to exhibit her drawing machine at Melbourne international Art Fair 08.

In 2008 she was the recipient of the prestigious Wallara Travelling Scholarship.


She has been extending her artistic practice by exhibiting in several interstates such as NSW and QLD as well as internationally such as Japan. She has also been practicing as a designer, her work – wearable art was included in Melbourne Spring fashion week merging designers program 2011, L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins both in 2011 and 2012.


She was commissioned by the Brisbane City Council in 2010 to produce a public art project for one of its urban renewal projects.

She has shortlisted for 990 Latrobe street Docklands Urban Art Project in 2011.


In 2012, Kato was nominated for public art project situated in Parramatta, New South Wales in Australia.





Born in Hokkaido, Japan, 1986


2010  Master of  Visual Arts

          Faculty of the VCA,The University of Melbourne,


2009  Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)

          Faculty of the VCA, The University of Melbourne, 


2008 Bachelor of Fine Art, Drawing

          Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) - The University of Melbourne,



         Solo Show


         2012  Alpha L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Sofitel Melbourne on

           Collins, VIC

         2011  Phenomena, Consulate General of JAPAN at Melbourne,

          Melbourne, VIC

         2010  Attune to the Earth, Curated by Donald Williams, Sofitel           Melbourne on Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC

           2009  Shade of White, c3 contemporary, Abbotsford, VIC

           2008  Fold, Victoria Park Gallery, Collingwood , VIC


         Selected Group Show


            2012  Keon Fashion Parade -Melbourne Spring Fashion week Sofitel           Melbourne on Collins

2011  Melbourne Spring Fashion Week emerging designers

        series exhibition,curated by Connel Chiang, 1000 £ BEND,  VIC

        Crystallization, SGAR,Brisbane, QLD

          Miniatures and Mulitiples, SGAR, Brisbane, QLD  

           Made in Japan, Curated by Christopher Hodges, Utopia Art,

           Waterloo, NSW

2010  In that Cabinet, Consulate General of JAPAN at Melbourne,

          Melbourne, VIC

        Mercy Street, Curated by Anusha Kenny, Gertrude

          Contemporary Art Space, Fitzroy, VIC

    Glocal: annual international exhibition, VCA, VIC

    Works on Paper Show, Curated by Jon Batt, c3 contemporary Art space, Abbotsford, VIC

    Sustainable Living Festival Art program, BMW Gallery, Federation Square, VIC

2009  Fresh!, Fresh awards exhibition, Craft Victoria, VIC

    VCA Graduate Exhibition 2009, Victorian College of the Arts, VIC

    POST, Group show, Place gallery, Richmond, Vic

    Arsenale I was jorking Honours Annual exhibition, student gallery, VCA

    Shift, International student exhibition,  Student gallery, VCA

    Creativity within constraints, curated by Anusha Kenny, Platform, Flinders Street, VIC

    Small and Walls, Curated by Christopher Hodges, Utopia Art gallery, Waterloo, NSW

2008  DRAWING... machine, Curated by Miso & Ghostpatrol,

          Green-wood Gallery, South Melbourne, VIC

    VCA Graduate Exhibition 2008, Victorian College of the Arts, VIC

    [100*148]  Galerie TURM, Akita city, Akita, JAPAN

    ST Patricks College Ballarat Pavilion, Ballarat, VIC

    Wallara Travelling Scholarship finalist exhibition, VCA Margret Lawrence Gallery

    Interplay, International student Exhibition, VCA

    Melbourne Art Fair 08 (stand No B87) Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Vic

    3D, Drawing department exhibition VCA

2007  Proud 07, VCA Margaret Lawrence Galley, VIC

    Live with it?, International student exhibition, VCA, VIC

    DO IT, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VIC

    Open Air, Victoria Park gallery, Collingwood, VIC

2006  TRANSPLANT, International student exhibition VCA

    First year Sculpture and Spatial Practice show  VCA

    TOP ARTS VCE 2005  National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter  centre

2005  VCE Art Exhibition, The substation, Newport, VIC


         Grants and Awards

    Artichoke Subscription Award, Fresh! 2009

    ACACIA Award, VCA,2009

    Fiona Myer Award, VCA, 2009

    Finalist, Fresh!, 2009

    Winner, Wallara Travelling Scholarship, 2008

    Best 2nd Year art work, Proud award exhibition. VCA, 2007

    Finalist TOP ARTS VCE, 2005

         Selected Biography

    Rowena Booth, SYN visual art section (Radio Interview), 15,June, 2011

    Francesca Carter, Fold My way, The Weekly Reviews, April, 2011

    Lynne Dwyer, Open Gallery, Made in Japan, Sydney morning Herald sun, 29, Jan, 2011

    Miyoko Kimura, Kaori Kato Nichigo Press, October 2010 

    Hisaaki Nagao, Kaori Kato, SBS (Radio Interview), 21 Sep, 2010

    Dan Rule, 'AROUND THE GALLERIES'. The Age, May 29, 2010

    Anusha Kenny Mercy Mercy Street (Exhibition Catalogue), May 2010

    Penny Modra, Fresh!, The Age, 2, December 2009

    Melbourne Art Fair foundation, Untitled Melbourne art fair 2008 (Exhibition Catalogue), July 2008


Public art project commissioned by Brisbane City council for urban   renewal project. Milton QLD, 2010

Short Listed, 990 La Trobe Street, Dockland Melbourne.2011

Nominated for Queensland Royal Childrens Hospital play space   project 2010,

Nominated for public art project situated in Parramatta, New South

  Wales 2012.

Melbourne cup carnival, Spring racing Sofitel Melbourne on Collins   Marquee


Wallara Asset Management

Private collections in Australia and Japan