Chaco Kato works as Solo artist as well as a core member of Slow Art Collective


1997-1998       Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

1987-1989BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,

Selected solo exhibition/commission project
2016 NEW WORK@Kochi, Kochi AIR, India

2016 (Slow Art Collective) Tanabata Star Village, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, school holiday special program

2016 (Slow Art Collective) Archi-Loom4 Box hill council commission
2016 (Slow Art Collective) Archi-Loom3 Banyule council commission
2015 Incy Wincy Spicy Bazaar, Dandenong Arts Centre, children’s week commission

2015 Hypothetical String System, Frukt, France

2015 (Slow Art Collective) Arhi-Loom2 Eadendale, Eltham
2015 (Slow Art Collective) Archi-Loom1, Artplay, Melbourne
2015 (Slow Art Collective) Loomusica, Castlemaine State Festival
2015 (Slow Art Collective) Bamboo House Musique, Fun 4 Kids Festival, Warrnambool Art   Gallery
2015 (Slow Art Collective) Bamboo House Musique: chinese rice field, ACMI
2014 (Slow Art Collective) Leaf House Musique, Mpavillion, commissioned installation, Royal Botanic Garden, Melborune
2014 (Slow Art Collective) Atrium Federation square, Wool Week commissioned installation,

2014 TANABATA , Casula Powerhouse(residency, workshop, installation, festival)
2014 Lorne Sculpture Biennale

2013 (Slow Art Collective) Marlerkey, MelbourneNow, NGV
2011 (Slow Art Collective) Melpore String Sect, Esplanade, Singapore

2012 (Slow Art Collective) KAERU, Art Centre Melbourne, collaboration with Hiroshi Fuji
2012 (Slow Art Collective) Bellowing Echo, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Victoria
2011(Slow Art Collective) Shelter, Underground carpark McDonald, (Satelite project of    MisDesgin, Ian Potter Museum of Arts), Victoria

2012 McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award
2011 (Slow Art Collective) Brunswick Project, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Victoria

2011 Melpore String Sect, Esplanade, Singapore (collaboration with Dylan Martorell)

2010 McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award

2010 The Law of Wheat (commission work by 3331ArtsChiyoda, Tokyo)


Selected group exhibition

2015 (Slow Art Collective) Bow River 2, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn

2014 (Slow Art Collective) Bow River, C3 funded special project by Arts Victoria

2013 Mildura Palimpsest

2011 (Slow Art Collective) Degavlas for Make it at home,Object Gallery, conjunction of The National Institute for Experimental Arts, COFA, Sydney 2011 Making Worlds, group drawing show, Edith Gallery, UCAL, New Zealand


Selected Awards, Prize, Scholarship and Grants    

2009,2011,2013 Arts Victoria, professional development for Slow Art Collective City of Melbourne grant,

2009 People’s choice award, Yering Station Sculpture Show,

2008 Installation award from aRtECYCLE show,

2006 Finalist for the Robert Jacks drawing Prize,

2004, 2006 Finalist for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize,

2006 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

2002 Art Victoria, Arts and Professional Development grant,

2003 City West Water Environ Partnership,                             

2000 Asia200 Foundation New Zealand, NewZealand,

1992-1993  A full scholarship from the French government for studying in France,

The award for the Drawing and Painting/Maison de Franco-Japon, first prize, Tokyo, Japan, Sep/1991


Selected residencies

2016 Kochi AIR, Kochi, India,

2015 Frukt, St.Antoin Son Val, France

1999 - 2001 Studio, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne,

1992-1993 Cite International des Arts, Paris, France,


Selected publication, Bibliography, Review

2013, SBS radio interview, TANABATA, ,

2014 Susan Ma, Cheeky Girl,Web video

2012 Dan Rule, “Chaco Kato”, the age, arts and entertainment,

2012 Andrew Stephens, “Cash of cultures”, the age, august 27, 2011

2011 Dan Rule, “Trash art that is not here to stay: Artsts are turning to ephemeral art but can itendure?” Wed, May 25th ,the Age P19  


2010 Robert Lindsay, ‘Art and Nature/Nature and Art, catalogue of McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award, ,p33


2010 Asaichiban, NHK radio, Aug 28th


2010 Naoko Sato, Petit Journey: Slow Wheat project, p103, Kooyon Magazine, September,


2010 Nihon TV, 'Tokyo Biyori', Jul 29th ,


2010 Genevieve Osborn, TS2, Un magazine, Issue 4.1, September , p92(Slow Art Collective)


2010 Adam Broinowski, TS2, March , Art Monthly (Slow Art Collective)


2008 Cassie May, Un magazine, Issue2.2 November , p54


2008 Maurice O’Riordan, ‘Chaco Kato’, Art Monthly, September issue #213


2007 Julie Szego, ‘Artist uncover nature’s uncertain truths’, the Age, 27 October,


2007 Megan Backhouse, ‘expect the unexpected as art dons a public face’,the Age, 28/Sep,



Major Teaching Experience, professional practice

2016     Ambassador for Igniting Imagination with Melbourne Festival, MulticulturlaArtsVictoria

2015    external examiner, for Master by research candidate, Victorian College of the Arts                                          

2015-6   Creative Victoria, visual art funding selection panel

2015    NGV, conveyer, Art Book Fair 

2015    Melbourne Polytechnology, artist talk

2014    mentor for year12 student, Little Yarra Steiner School

2014     St.Monica College, artist residency

2012     Arts Victoria, visual art funding selection body

2013     judge for college art prize (St.Monica College)

2009-10studio lecturer/tutor Holmesglen TAFE, Melbourne

2004    external examiner, for Master by research candidate, Victorian College of the Arts                                          

2001-02           studio lecturer/tutor Holmesglen TAFE, Melbourne

2002    external examiner, for3rd year sculpture dept, Victorian College of the Arts                                           2000     Tutorial, at 2nd, 3rd year painting students at Waikato University, Quay School of the         Art, Wanganui, Newzealand