Thavibu Contemporary Art from Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar/Burma

Thai Artists | Kritsana Chaikitwattana

Kritsana Chaikitwattana is one of Thailand's thoughtful young artists. He was born in 1977 in Hat Yai, and graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Chulalongkorn University in 1998 and proceeded to attain a Master Degree from Silapakorn University in 2002. His recent work is concerned with dissonance – that rather disconcerting realm between fact and fiction, reality and illusion, spiritual and secular and lost and found. He does not aim to depict absolutes or ideological positions that are unassailable due to intense, impassioned, separatist, authoritarian or militant fundamentalism - one way or another - but with the places where these attitudes meet. Sometimes these encounters may result in conflict, as when ideologies collide, but at other times this is the only place where understanding can grow. He has exhibited widely in Thailand since 1998 when his work was included in "The Witches Stuff" curated by the late Montien Boonma. He cites Boonma as a major influence along with conceptual artists Ai Wei Wei and Joseph Kosuth and the transavantgarde artists Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino. He has also participated in internationally in Korea, Spain, Taiwan, China (2008, the Olympics) and Singapore.