Ricca Kawai Kalderon was born in Japan. Having been brought up by her grandfather who was an award winning Kimono weaver and artist whose contemporaries included Kenkichi Tomimoto, Shouji Hamada and Keisuke Serizawa, she was exposed her to an artistic environment from an early age. By living in the country side, and nature forming the subject matter of her grandfather’s art, Kawai Kalderon was deeply influenced by the nature she saw around her and encouraged to find her own way of experiencing it. As a child, she was taught Aikido and Calligraphy and in adulthood she has experienced G Force 2 by flying combat aircraft, climbed mountains in Japan and scuba dives in oceans – all through which she has developed a heightened understanding of invisible energy flow.
Kawai Kalderon graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, and moved to London in 1987. She studied advanced life drawing at St. Martin’s School of Art, and from 1989 to 1991 she worked at Pentagram Design whilst developing her Fine Art practice.
Ricca Kawai Kalderon has had several solo exhibitions in Japan including at the legendary Gallery Ueda and Isetan Gallery in Tokyo. She has been included in group exhibitions at The Museum Tokyu Bunkamura; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art; and Wakita Museum of Art in Japan. In 1995 she was awarded the Shinjin Fine Art Award and was nominated for Goto Memorial Foundation by Ikko Tanaka. In 1998 she won the Sainsbury Art Scholarship exhibition prize at the Oxo Tower. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide including Neiman-Marcus USA, and she has also worked closely with the interior designer David Champion on private commissions. She lives and works in London.