Kevin Ei-ichi deForest was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1962 and is currently a professor at Brandon University in Manitoba. He earned both his B.E.S. (1983) and B.F.A. (1986) at the University of Manitoba, and his M.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal in 1994. DeForest was a Monbusho scholar at Seika University in Kyoto (1997 - 1998).

DeForest's solo exhibitions include >em>Chez le disquaire, La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones, Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba (2010); Fake ID: Kevin Ei-ichi deForest, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba (2006); Works from Japan and Canada, Gallery 101, Ottowa (2002); An Architecture of Hybridity, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo (2002); and Make Me: Work from Japan, Mercer Union, Toronto (2000).

Group exhibitions include Fax, Drawing Centre, New York (2010); Rock Stars and Wannabes, Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba (2007); Nederland 1, The Gouda Museum, Gouda, The Netherlands (2006); Living for the City, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2005); Color Theory, Vitamin Art Contemporanea,Turin, Italy (2004); and Americas Remixed, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (2002).