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Tawan Wattuya

Tawan Wattuya (b. 1973) is a contemporary artist based in Bangkok. Tawan explores Thai social identities. He is interested in the situation of Thai society and the state of its fabric. His watercolour painting style is subtle and brash at the same time, both aesthetic and shocking. The artist’s interests cross a variety of fields from subcultures, politics to fashion and depict animals, humans as well as popular objects. He often draws inspiration from public images and current issues which he critically and provocatively engages. In his portraits, Tawan sharply criticises problems that have been affecting Thailand and is known for choosing often politically relevant, sometimes controversial subject matter. His works reflect his vision of humanity losing its aspirations and ethics.

Tawan’s works have been extensively exhibited across Asia in China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia as well as in Singapore. In Europe his works were shown in France, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. Other notable exhibitions took place in the United States in New York and in Australia. His works were shown at distinguished galleries such as Tang Contemporary in Bangkok, Gallery Yang in Beijing, The Lodge Gallery New York, Toot Yung Art Center in Chiang Mai, NCA Nichido Contemporary Art Gallery, Tokyo, Artist+Run Gallery, Bangkok, Sundaram Gallery, New York, Saatchi Gallery, London and Numthong Gallery in Bangkok. Tawan’s paintings are held in many collections. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Silapakorn University.

“…Hailed as one of Thailand's most unique and engaged painters, Tawan's acute perceptiveness of global contemporary society infuses his work with a latent brutality exquisitely balanced with his masterful watercolour technique on soft bamboo paper…”

– Bangkok Post


- B.F.A. in Painting, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Solo Exhibition

2019 “MENAGERIE” SUNY ONEONTA University, Oneonta, New York,USA

“Queen” nca nichido contemporary, Tokyo, Japan

“Daisuke Miyatsu Collection x Kasama Nichido Muceum of Art Blending the quintessence of modern and contemporary art” Nichido Museum,

Kasama, Japan

2018 “Rogues Gallery : Monsters, Villains & Hellbent Politicians” The Lodge Gallery, New York, USA

“Out of The Frying Pan, into The Fire” ARTIST+RUN Bangkok , Thailand

“The Insignificant War” Diginner gallery workshop, Tokyo, Japan

“Reckless” Toot Yung Art Center, Mae Rim, Chang Mai, Thailand 2017 “Blinded” Diginner gallery workshop, Tokyo, Japan

2015 “When water Beats” ART&PLUS, Paris, France

2014 “Like a Virgin” Alliance Françoise de Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia

“Dek Oey Dek Dee” Toot Yung Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand

2013 “Tii Tai Krua” The Art Center Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok ,Thailand

2012 “Fading Nostalgia” Gallery Yang, 798 art zone, Beijing, China 2011 “Superheroes and the Unreachable Fantasies”, DCA Gallery, Brussels,Belgium

2010 “Okinawa part 2”, Tsuchi Gallery, Naha city, Okinawa, Japan “Bimboes, Stars & Super heroes”, Toot Yung Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

“Uniform/Uniformity”, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand “Tawan Wattuya”, Galerie Compagnies du Monde, Paris, France “Beijing Art

Fair”, Beijing, China

2007 “Siamese Freaks”, Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2005 “500” Sarazine Gallery, Sarasin Road, Bangkok, Thailand

2001 “Lonely People” Burapha University Art Gallery, Bangsaen, Chonburi, Thailand

2000 “Western Japan Merger” The Gallery by Cocoon, Bangkok, Thailand Group exhibitions

2019 “Crossover Pattani” Pattani art space & Eh gallery , Pattani, Thailand

2018 “AFTER EDEN” Harrick Gallery, London, United Kingdom. “The Blog of Choice” Associazione Culturale Art’ A.V.A., Taranto, Italy “RE/FORM/ING

PATANI” Melayu living , Pattani, Thailand

“Khon Kaen Manifesto” GF building, Khon Kaen, Thailand

“Art Collection Exhibition” T-Art Hall ,Tokyo ,Japan

“galerie nichido Taipei Winter Group Show” galerie nichido Taipei, Taipei , Taiwan

“small works: an endless journey” nca nichido contemporary, Tokyo, Japan

2017 “Farewell : The art Center’s Acknowledgment” The Art Center Chula, Bangkok, Thailand

“Condemned To Be Free” WTF Gallery & Café, Bangkok, Thailand

“Jet’ aime... moi non plus” nca nichido contemporary art , Tokyo, Japan

“Funayama’s collection” Fuma Contemporary Tokyo Bunkyo Art, Tokyo, Japan

“A Journey Far From Home” Galerie Nichido, Taipei , Taiwan “Jura- Okinawa” Galerie Du Sauvage , Jura, Switzerland

“Totem” Saatchi Gallery, London, England

“Head or Tails?” Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

2016 “PRUDENTIAL EYE AWARD” Contemporary Asian Art, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

“Bare” Hof art , Bangkok, Thailand

“a peculiar nature” The Lodge gallery, New York, USA “Tracing the past” nca / nichido contemporary art , Tokyo, Japan

“Crossover” Rycom Anthropology, Koza, Okinawa, Japan

2014 “KOANS” Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand “World Watermedia Exposition, Thailand, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center,

Bangkok, Thailand

“ANTHROPOS” Sundaram Tagore gallery, New York, USA

2013 “DENY” Gallery D-9, Bangkok, Thailand “BUKRUK” BACC, Bangkok,Thailand

“UNCENSORED” Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand “Anthropos” Numthong Gallery, Bangkok ,Thailand “Anthropos” Sundaram Tagore

Gallery, Singapore

2012 “Cut Thru” Lasalle College of The Arts, Singapore

“Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism” , BACC, Bangkok, Thailand

2011 “Dialogues”, Belgian and Thai art and design exhibition, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand

“Wall2”, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand

“RAW” Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

“City of angels/identity crisis”,Galerie 59 rue Rivoli, Paris, France “When all you got is given”68 Square Metres Art Space, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010 “KOZA A.I.R”, M&A gallery, Okinawa city, Okinawa, Japan 2009 “Story of the Eye”, Gossip Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

“La Thailande vous sourit” Chapelle Saint Julien, Salinelles, France

“Broadsheet Notations”,Tang Comtemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand

2008 “The Inner I”, GMT+7 Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

“My next Artist”, Nguyen Tan Chong Gallery, Paris, France “VDO”, 856 G Gallery, Cebu, Philippine

“3 Young Contemporary”, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2007 “Artist self portrait”, The Silom Galleria, Bangkok, Thailand

2006 10th Anniversary, Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand 2005 “Face Up”, Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2004 “Ode to the Period’s Difference”, Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2003 “Private”, Art Exhibition, Rajamangala Institute of Technology Art Gallery (Klong 6 Campus), Thailand

2002 “Traces of Wisdom”, Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

Artist Residency

2006,2010,2016, 2017 Okinawa , Japan

2011 Copenhagen, Denmark

2012 Beijing , China

2015 Budapest , Hungary

2016 Oaxaca , Mexico

2017 Jura , Switzerland

2018 Taipei , Taiwan

Tawan Wattuya

Tawan Wattuya

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