Tetsunori Kawana

“Always I am listening to the heart-beat of the Earth and my creations echo this pulse of Nature.” Tetsunori Kawana is an installation artist who loves to touch natural material.   His works are temporary and evanescent reflecting the cycle of life and decay in nature itself.  His overall theme is “Passage” indicating physical movement and movement of time.  “Treasure each encounter with natural material for it will never recur.”  Each work is created to fit the space it occupies   “I cannot completely control living material.  I must respect the life of the material.”   These days, Kawana uses bamboo, but he may sometime change to other natural material.  Kawana originally trained under Hiroshi Teshigahara, a master artist in many genres.  “He is still a powerful influence on my work.”    Kawana has created installations in several cities in Japan, in Moscow and Melbourne, in Burgo, Italy, Hong Kong, New York City, Charlotte, NC, and Denver, CO.


  • 1992
    Assistant stage and art director, opera "Turandot," Lyon, France, assisting the director, Hiroshi Teshigahara.
  • 1994
    Art director, Winter Olympic Games "Nagano Demonstration," Lillehammer, Norway, under the supervision of Hiroshi Teshigahara.
  • 1995
    Installation at "Japan Art Festival," Numazu, Japan
  • 1996
    Installation at "Arte Sella" as one of ten international invited artists, Borgo, Italy.
  • 1997
    Stage designer, Matto International Taiko Festival "Extagia", Ishikawa, Japan
  • 2000
    Installation and direction, "Yebisu Garden Place Anniversary," Tokyo
  • 2001
    Installation at Japan Art Festival, Numazu, Japan
  • 2002
    Exhibition design, "Pierre Cardin: The 50th Anniversary," Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo
  • 2005
    Bamboo installation at the Apothecaries' Garden, Moscow
  • 2006
    Exhibition design, Greater New York Orchid Society annual show, Rockefeller Center, New York
  • 2007
    Installation and exhibition design for the 80th anniversary of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Shinjuku Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo
  • 2008
    Bamboo installation at the New York Botanical Garden as centerpiece for the Garden's "Kiku" exhibition, the largest show ever of Japanese-style chrysanthemums in North America
  • 2008
    Demonstration of bamboo technique and creation of a bamboo Installation at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
  • 2008
    Demonstration of Sogetsu ikebana in the Polovtsev Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, for an audience of 200
  • 2008
    Bamboo installation at the New York Botanical Garden as centerpiece for the Garden's second "Kiku" exhibition.
  • 2009
    Bamboo installation commissioned by Japan Society, New York, as the signature work for the Society's "New Bamboo" exhibition.
  • 2011
    Bamboo installation "Five Elements - Water" at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2012
    Bamboo Installation “Passages: Green Wall” for the 75th anniversary of the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • PASSAGES TO HEAVEN Shimane, Japan 2004
  • WAVE Moscow, Russia 2005
  • FIVE ELEMENTS: WATER Melbourne, Australia 2009
  • BAMBOO PILLAR Tokyo, Japan 2007
  • KAKOI New York, USA 2008