Kai Watanabe is a media artist and designer working in Tokyo, LA, and the Bay Area. He explores the creative applications of motion graphics and interactive platforms to better communicate his perceptions of the world. In an increasingly digital age, he feels that the need to create sympathy through digital platforms is becoming more imperative. In this desire, he is perpetually interested in technologies that provide greater opportunities for immersive and interactive environments.

Email: kaiwatanabe@g.ucla.edu | Resume


BA, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. Major in Design Media Arts. [2021]

Performances and Exhibitions:

2019 – Winter Gathering. Nimoy Space, Hammer Museum [Feb]

2019 – Motion. UCLA Broad Art Center [April]

2019 – Bruin ArtPop. UCLA Kerckhoff Hall [May]

2019 – Compressed Cinema. UCLA Broad Art Center [December]

2020 – From the Heartland. UCLA LCC Theater Company [August]

2020 – HCN. Tokyo International Gallery [October – November]

2021 – UCLA DMA 2021 Undergraduate Exhibition Metamorphosis . Online [Janurary – TBD]

Work Experience

2016/2017/2018 – Freelance Graphic Designer. San Francisco, Los Angeles

2019 – Motion Graphics Design intern at Star Music Entertainment. Tokyo [July – September]

2020 – Research Assistant at UCLA Conditional Studio. Los Angeles [July – September]

2020/Current – Motion Graphics and Front End Design intern at Reazon Holdings. San Francisco