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.
22 - 26 Mar, 2016
Featuring works by 23 artists from Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and Vietnam,
"Shapeshifting: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia" at 10 Chancery Lane Art Projects
in Hong Kong’s Chai Wan district will present some of the most interesting and
innovative voices from Southeast Asia. Focused on the region’s shifting range of art
practices, the exhibition focuses on four countries from Indochina: Myanmar, Thailand,
Cambodia and Vietnam. There is a certain connection that can be felt among the works
but the origins and dialogues in play all have different sources that are particular to the artists’ personal backgrounds paired with the national, religious, political or social identity of each one.
20 May - 20 Jul, 2013 10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Subjective Truth, Contemporary Art from Thailand is a special project curated by Southeast Asia specialist Iola Lenzi, presenting artists Sutee Kunavichayanont, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Michael Shaowanasai, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and Prapat Jiwarangsan.