MICHAEL SHAOWANASAI
b. 1964, Pennsylvania, USA. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand.

Michael Shaowanasai is one of Thailand’s most socially and culturally engaged artists. With degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), he works across a broad spectrum of media including performance, photography, video, film, painting, and installation. Known for his iconic cross-dressing monk portrait of a man in habits, Shaowanasai is a versatile artist whose conceptual pieces, often text-based, are effective for their aesthetic brilliance and formal command.
Born 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael Shaowanasai is one of Thailand’s most socially and culturally engaged artists. He works across a broad spectrum of media including performance, photography, video, film, painting, and installation. Known for his iconic cross-dressing monk Portrait of a Man in Habits, Michael is a versatile artist whose conceptual pieces, often text-based, are effective for their aesthetic brio and formal command. With degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), and living alternately in the United States and Thailand, Michael bridges cultures producing works that if couched in today’s Thailand, effortlessly communicate humanistic ideas to a global audience. Shaowanasai has been exhibited in Asia, Europe (Venice Biennale 2003), Australia and North America and his film and video works include The Adventure of Iron Pussy (2003), which was screened at Tokyo International Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival, among others. Michael Shaowanasai is represented in several institutional collections including the Singapore Art Museum.   

 

EDUCATION
1994                
BFA, Art institute of San Francisco, USA

1996                 
MFA, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, USA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012                 
Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Thai-Tai:  Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Bangkok. (Featuring Sakarin Krue –on.)
Radu Die: New works by Michael Shaowanasai, H gallery. Bangkok, Thailand.

2011                 
Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two decades of contemporary art in Southeast Asia 1991 – 2011, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2010                 
Busan International Film Festivals, Busan, South Korea.
Thai Photography Now, Month of Photography, Tokyo
Asian Hot Shot, Short Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.
Spring of Poets, Musee Quai Branly, Paris, France.
In The house by the canal, White Space Gallery, Bangkok
Sareera Maya, New Painting by Michael Shaowanasai, Numthong Gallery at BACC, Bangkok
Revisit Jim Thompson era: OSS Orient Silk Sewciety, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok

2009                 
Thai Pavillion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Michael Blondo and Pascal Shaowanasai, BACC, Bangkok
Chobi Mela V, International Festival of Photography, Michael Shaowanasai’s Retrospective, Dacca, Bangladesh.

2008                 
Beasts, Breasts & Beauty, Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from a Private Collection, Alliance Française, Singapore.
Traces of Siamese Smiles, BACC, Bangkok.
Lifeboat #2551, Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia.
Act of Faith, Noorderlicht 14, Groningen, the Netherlands.
Observation of the Monuments, Katmandu Photo gallery, Bangkok.
Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore.
Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok.

2007                 
Act of Faith, Noorderlicht 13, Groningen, the Netherlands.
Art Connexions, Elam school of the arts, University of Oakland, Oakland, New Zealand.
Art Connexions, Goethe Institut, Berlin, Germany.

2006                 
Asian Traffic, Gallery 4A, Sydney, Australia; Esplanade, Singapore.
Thai Cultural Festival in France, Palais de Tokio, Paris
Art connexions,  Art Center, Center of Academic Resource, Chulalongkorn  University. Bangkok, Thailand.

2005                 
Identities VS Gobalisation, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany.
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore.
Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia.
The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok

2004                 
Berlinale, 54 Berlin International film festivals, Berlin, Germany.
San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA.
Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong  Kong.
Bangkok Democrazy: The 4th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok
Seni: Art and the Contemporary, Singapore Art Museum. Singapore.

2003                 
Thai Pavillion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Under Construction, Opera city, Tokyo, Japan
Next Move, Contemporary Art from Thailand, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore.
Parallel Time: Edges of the Earth, China Academy of Arts,  Hangzhou, China.
Thai-Tanic: Thai art in the age of constraint and coercion, Ethan Cohen fine arts, New York, New York. USA.

2002                  
E V+A 2002, Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Digital Orgy, The 3rd Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Singapore, Stockholm.
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea.

2001                 
Tirana Biennale 1, Tirana, Albania.

2000                
Pursuation: Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney, Australia.
Euro-Visions, Silpakorn University. Bangkok.
Akihabara, Screening Project, Tokyo, Japan.

1999                 
Transit, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada.
George et moi, Museum of Romantic Life, Paris, France.
Yamagata Film Festival, Yamagata, Japan.

 

RESIDENCIES
2005                 
Art Connexion, Elam School of Arts, Auckland, New Zealand

2003                 
S-Air, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

2000                 
Discovery, The Banff Centre, Canada.

2000                
Artlinks 2000, Columbo, Sri Lanka.

1999                 
Khoj ’99, New Delhi, India.

1998                 
AFFA, Paris, France.

1997                 
Apocalypso, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.