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. | 2017 – 2021

Performances and Exhibitions:

2021 – UCLA DMA 2021 Senior Exhibition Gestalt Shift . Online | June

2021 – UCLA DMA 2021 Undergraduate Exhibition Metamorphosis . Online | January

2020 – HCN. Tokyo International Gallery | October – November

2020 – From the Heartland. UCLA LCC Theater Company | August

2019 – Compressed Cinema. UCLA Broad Art Center | December

2019 – Bruin ArtPop. UCLA Kerckhoff Hall | May

2019 – Motion. UCLA Broad Art Center | April

2019 – Winter Gathering. Nimoy Space, Hammer Museum | February

Work Experience

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

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

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

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