b. 1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand | lives and works in Chiang Mai and Fukuoka, Japan
Navin Rawanchaikul works in various media including sculpture, painting, performance, photography, and film. Rawanchaikul’s Places of Rebirth (2009) was inspired by the artist’s first visit to Pakistan, the birthplace of his ancestors. Purchased for the Guggenheim’s collection, the painting narrates his family’s migration to Thailand in pursuit of new opportunity during the aftermath of 1947’s partition of South Asia. In 2010, Rawanchaikul was awarded the national Silapathorn citation from the Thai Ministry of Culture in the field of visual arts. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at MoMA P.S.1 in collaboration with Public Art Fund, New York (2001); Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong (2008); and Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore (2011). He represented Thailand at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and has participated in numerous group exhibitions around the world.
Dearest Montien: A Tribute to Montien Boonma ArtAsiaPacific, July/August 2014 The late Montien Boonma is one of Thailand’s best-known artists. His determination to communicate the shift from modernism to postmodernism in the Western art world inspired colleagues as well as students. Among the latter was Navin Rawanchaikul. More
54th Venice Biennale: Navin Rawanchaikul ART iT, May 31, 2011 While many artists use the Venice Biennale as a platform to critique, parody or invert expressions of national identity, Navin Rawanchaikul is the very embodiment of just such an impulse. More