Nawa Kohei was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1975. He currently lives in Kyoto. In his work, he mainly uses glass beads, prisms, polyurethane foam, adhesives, and liquid silicone, using each of these materials individually in order to give his works a specific and unique feel. Nawa Kohei’s artistic methodology includes searching the internet for objects of interest to him. He enters keywords in search engines, discovering these objects first as digital images composed of pixels. The artist then buys these items in online auctions and, once they have been received, he studies them, making a tactile acquaintance with them. In the final phase, he covers their surfaces with various materials, thereby manipulating not only their visual perception, but also their meaning. His works are divided into assorted categories: Beads, Prism, Liquid, Scum, and Glue.
The winner of numerous awards, he has exhibited widely including at: the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2007), the Mirò Foundation in Barcelona (2008), The Forum at Maison Hermes Ginza (2009); and the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2009). In 2010 he exhibited at the Busan Biennial, and represented Japan at the 14th Art Biennial of Bangladesh. In 2011 he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.