WAtaru Murakami
born 1983 in Matsuyama, Japan
lives and works in Karlsruhe and Berlin, Germany and Tokyo, Japan

Education and Residence:
2007 – 2016 studied Photography, Media Arts at University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany
2002 – 2006 BA in Humaties, Faculty of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
1996 – 2000 lived in South Pasadena, California, USA
1991 – 1996 lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2018 
Fit In – In Between, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Still Life Tracing, TURBA Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2016 
Blind Spot, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Still Life Clusters – Works Combined from 7 out of 13, University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany (Diploma)
2015 
Installing Prints in Takeshi‘s Castle, Cafe á Casa (Tokyo Tender Table Co., Ltd.), Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 
Projection And Image, POLA Museum Annex, Tokyo, Japan
2017 
I Hope You Consider What I Arranged, But Be Skeptical Of It, Hauptstätterstrasse 106A, Stuttgart, Germany
Open Minded, Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nußdorf, Germany
2016 
...and so it is reported, F/Stop Festival, Halle 14, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
The Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, curated by Philipp Ziegler, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Germany
2015 
The Given And The Made, Regionale 16, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
The Walk – Visitors and Vesuvians, curated by Chiara Argentino, Wataru Murakami and Alexander Jackson Wyatt, Reale Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy
Latsch Mir Nicht In Die Kiste, Da Ist Theodolit Drin!, Luis Leu – Experimentelle Kunst Plattform, Karlsruhe, Germany
2014 
The Walk – Naples-Karlsruhe-Zürich-Karlsruhe, curated by Wataru Murakami, 
University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany
2013 
Pretty Vacant, curated by Sophie Lapalu and Ann Stouvenel for Association 
Accélérateur de Particules, Regionale 14, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland
Übermalen, Darmstädter Sezession in Designhaus, Darmstadt, Germany

Grants and Awards:
2018 Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2016 Stipendium nach dem Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2016 NOMURA Art Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
2015 POLA Art Foundation (Grants for Overseas Study for Young Artists), Tokyo, Japan
2013 Stipendium der Fördergesellschaft, ZKM, Germany
2012 DAAD – Award for Outstanding International Students in Germany

Commisional Work:
2012 ohne Titel and Réverie for the exhibition Camille Corot – Natur und TraumKunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany