Born in 1978 in Niimi, Okayama Prefecture in Japan, Ryo Kato trained in drawing and painting at high school and public school, Okayama (1995 – 1998). In 1998, he spent nine months in Paris and moved to Berlin. From 2001 to 2005 Ryo Kato studied at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) with Professor Wolfgang Petrick. In 2006 he became a master student at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) with Professor Daniel Richter.
He already had his first exhibitions in Germany during his studies. In 2012 he was awarded first place in the Ishi Prize in Japan and in 2013 one of his paintings was included in the Okayama Prefectural Museum. Then in 2015, the Prefectural Museum bought another work. He is a member of the Darmstadt Secession and was awarded its sponsorship prize. In his work, he deals intensively with the theme of environmental destruction.
Ryo Kato lives and works in Berlin.