SUTEE KUNAVICHAYANONT
Thailand’s Sutee Kunavichayanont (b. 1965) is known for his formally engaging and conceptually sophisticated oeuvre about power and politics in the world today. Predominantly installation-based, Sutee’s practice combines cerebral tactics, an aesthetic command of materials and techniques, and participation-inducing strategies that playfully enlist viewers in dialogues about freedom and civic responsibility. Though his perspective is initially nurtured in the context of Thailand, Sutee’s pieces transcend local specifics to speak to global audiences about democratic values and the thinking, contributing role of the citizen in society.

EDUCATION

1985-1989   
BFA (Graphic Arts), Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
, Thailand

1992-1993   
Master of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016   
MAM Collection 003: Sutee Kunavichayanont-Stereotyped Thailand, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2015  
Sutee Kunavichayanont, Hiraka Food Lab Gallery, Nagano, Japan

2012   
The World Without Politics, VWFA, Singapore
Crazily Good!, Number 1 Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

2011   
Floating, WTF, Bangkok
, Thailand

2010   
Half Truth, Phuket 346, Phuket, Thailand
Longing for Siam, Inventing Thailand, Number 1 Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

2005   
Stereotyped Thailand, 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

2001   
Inflated Nostalgia, Atelier Frank & Lee, Singapore
Siamese Twins, Thai Art Foundation, Amsterdam
Elephant, Optica, Montreal, Canada
Baby Elephant, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

2000   
4 Days, Elephant Breath Donation and History Class, Silpakorn University Art Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

1999   
Burden of Joy, Bangkok University Art Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

1998   
Rain Drops-Pig’s Shit Running, TADU Contemporary Art, Bangkok
, Thailand

1997   
The Myth of an Asian Tiger, Galerie Gauche, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

1995   
The White Elephants of Siam, The Art Gallery of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
, Thailand

1994   
Flowing Tide, Silom Art Space, Bangkok
, Thailand

1993   
Void and Emptiness, First Draft (West), NSW, Australia
Time and Mind, Tin Sheds Gallery, NSW, Australia
Flowing Tide, Allen Street Gallery, NSW, Australia

1991   
From the Outside Looking In, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, Australia


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

Sam Prang facestreet, Tanow Road, Bangkok
Myanmar My Friends, BACC
Paintings of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok 2015 2015 University, Art Bridge Chiang Rai, Arts and Cultural Center, Prince of Songkla University
Artist Making Movement : 2015 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Open Sea : Singapour en France-le Festival, Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon
Concept, Context, Contestation : Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia, Goethe Institut, Hanoi
Videos from Southeast Asia : Art Paris Art Fair 2015, Grand Palais and the Silencio Club, Paris, France
Interchange: A Printmaking Dialogue Between Australia and Thailand, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra 2015 Interchange: A Printmaking Dialogue Between Australia and Thailand, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney           
ASEAN WAY : Show Your I.D. and Sign Here, Please!, 31st Art Exhibition by Members of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, New Space Arts Foundation, Hue, Vietnam
Interchange: A Printmaking Dialogue Between Australia and Thailand, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra (2 Apr.-2 May), Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014           
Roving Eye : Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, Arter Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey (curated by Iola Lenzi)
ASEAN WAY : Show Your I.D. and Sign Here, Please!, 31st Art Exhibition by Members of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Conflicted Vision, WTF, Bangkok, Thailand
Art on the Coffee Table II, Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand
Interchange: A Printmaking Dialogue Between Australia and Thailand, PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Cubic Museum: International Exchange Exhibition between Aichi University of the Arts and Silpakorn University, Silpakorn University Art Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

2013           
Graduated Emergence, Number 1 Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Subjective Truth, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (curated by Iola Lenzi)
The Beginning : 30th Art Exhibition by the Members of the Faculty of Painting, PSG Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
We=Me : ASEAN Art Exhibition and Symposium, The Art Centre Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Arts & Community Festival (Sam Plak), Sam Plak Community, Bangkok, Thailand
The Royal Father in Our Hearts, O.P.Place, Bangkok, Thailand
Concept, Context, Contestation : Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand (curated by Iola Lenzi, Vipash Purichanont and Agung Hujatnikajennong)

2012   

Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Art Exhibition by Klum Silapin Duan Pluendsapa,
20 Years Pluendsapa Prachadham, Ratchadamnoen Road, Bangkok
, Thailand
Graduated Emergence, Number 1 Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

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

2010   
Imagine Peace, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok
, Thailand

2009   
Asean Contemporary Art Exchange, Myanmar
Art ’80, HoF Art, Thailand
Silpakorn-Guangzhou Art Exhibition & Seminar 2009, the Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China; Art Centre, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2008   
Flashback ’76, Pridi Banomyong Institute, Bangkok Krung Thep 226, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Beasts, Breasts & Beauty, Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from a Private Collection, Alliance Française, Singapore
Fidelity Not Fealty, H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
More to Love, the Art of Living Together, TK Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok-Shizuoka Aesthetics the Relationship Art Exhibition, the Princess Art Gallery, Sanamchandra Palace Campus, Silpakorn University

2007-2008   
Art of Corruption, OCAC Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2007   
Show Me Thai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Experience, Project Zero : Festival of Art & Culture by OKMD, Central World, Bangkok
, Thailand
So Close / So Far Away, Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France, Be-Part, Waregem, Belgium, Het Domein, the Netherlands
Religious Beliefs and Contemporary, Social Phenomena of Southern East Asia, Guangdong Museum of Art, China
Aumnad suengsood nan pen kong ratsadon tank rai, Sculpture Garden, Thammasat University
Krongkan sangsan jitakam bantuenk prawattisad nai peudti koh Ratthanakosin, The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

2006-2007    
The Art Exhibition, Celebration Art in the Reign of King Rama 9, 6 Decades of Thai Art, The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand

2006   
The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Temporary Art Museum Soi Sabai, Pla Dib, Bangkok
, Thailand
A-Z, Hirosaki, Japan
Tout a Fait Thai, Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France
Red Art Award 2, Pridi Banomyong Institute, Bangkok
, Thailand

2005   
Neo-Nationalism, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
, Thailand
Silpa Bhudda, The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand
Thai Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
Arts for Smiles, Museum Hall Siam Commercial Bank

2004   
Identities Versus Globalisation, Chiang Mai Art Museum, Chiang Mai, the National Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand and Dahlem Museum, Berlin, Germany
Living Art-Regional Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS, The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Somchai Nilapaijit’s Portrait, 14 October Memorial, Bangkok
, Thailand
Welcome to Soi Sabai, graf media gm, Osaka, Japan
Art Summit Indonesia IV, 2004: Performance and Visual Arts, Jakarta, Indonesia
Les Panoramiques, Optica, Montreal, Canada

2003   
Next Move, Contemporary Art from Thailand, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
La Sagesse, The Atelier, Bangkok
, Thailand
Art in Box, Galleria Plaza, Bangkok
, Thailand
14 October, View from Artists, Jamjuree Art Gallery, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
, Thailand
Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition: Parallel Time, Art Museum of China Academy of Arts, Hang Zhou, China
Tiger’s Eye: Assorted Asian Tigers, Proud Camden, London, UK

2002   
Imagined Workshop, the 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2002, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan Bangkok Meets Cologne, Cologne Meets Bangkok, Silpakorn University Art Gallery, Bangkok
, Thailand Thin Skin: The Fickle Nature of Bubbles, Spheres, and Inflatable Structure, AXA Gallery, New York, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona,
La Sagesse, Grand Arch, Paris, France
Site+Sight, Translating Cultures, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
No Worries! Mai Pen Rai, Art from Australia and Thailand, Monash University Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia
Art, Religion, Faith, Vision, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University
Within, Art in General, New York, USA

2001   
History & Memory, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University and the Art Museum, Chiang Mai University Cologne Meets Bangkok, Bangkok Meets Cologne, Kunstwerk, Cologne, Germany
Writing Thai: a Learning Reform, Baby Elephants, Galerie des arts visuels, Quebec, Canada
The End of Growth?, Art Museum of Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Art Centre of Silpakorn University, Bangkok
keep your distance, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; Biz Art, Shanghai; Morris Gallery, Tokyo; Le Credac, Centre d’Art d’Ivry, France

2000   
Thai Contemporary Art 2000, Art Centre, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
Town Invade Forestry, the Artists Preserve Western Tropical Forest, National Gallery, Bangkok
While You Were Sleeping, Alliance Française, Bangkok
The Beauty of Democracy, Public Art Exhibition, 100 Years of Pridi Banomyong and Thai Society, Bangkok.
keep your distance, Tadu Contemporary Arts, Bangkok; Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore
The Glocal Scents of Thailand, Edsvik konst och kultur, Sweden
Thai Art 2000, Thai Art Foundation, Amsterdam

1999   
Trace, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Liverpool, UK.
Alter Ego, ThaiEU Collaborative Project, Bangkok
Jardins Secrets, Art dans la Ville, SaintEtienne, France
26th Century, Self Examination by Cobalt Blue Group, National Gallery, Bangkok
No Guarantee, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Australia
10 Asian Artists in Residence, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, USA

1998   
8 Artistes Thais a Paris, la Maison des Arts EuropeAsie, Paris, France   
Books, Kruru Sapa Publishing House, Bangkok
Report from the Forest 1998, National Gallery, Bangkok
Bangkok Art Project 1998, Bangkok

1997   
Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition, Hanoi Fine Arts Institute and Hue College of Arts, Vietnam
Thai Vision I, California Polytechnic State University, USA

1996   
The 3rd Art Exhibition by the Cobalt Blue Group, The National Art Gallery, Bangkok
Golden Jubilee Art Exhibition: 50 Years of Thai Art, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
Into the Next Decade, Tadu Contemporary Art, Bangkok

1995   
Long Table and Stairway to Heaven, with Paradix K, at Kitaza, Kyoto, Japan

1994   
2537, Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok                     

1992   
Art Works Four, Melbourne, Australia

1991   
The 6th International Print Biennale, Varna’91, Bulgaria

1990   
The 5th Busan Biennial, Busan, Korea
International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Freshen, Western Germany


CURATORSHIP

2008   
The Best of Discovery, ShContemporary Art (Thai section), Shanghai, China
Traces of Siamese Smile: Art+Faith+Politics+Love, (co-curated), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok

2005   
Those Dying Wishing to Stay, Those Living Preparing to Leave, Thai Pavilion, 51st Biennale di Venezia, works by Montien Boonma and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, (co-curated)


AWARDS AND HONOURS

2006   
Red Art Award 2, Pridi Banomyong Institute

2003   
Misiem Yipinsoi Grants, the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts

2002    
Silpa Bhirasri Creativity Grants, Silpakorn University Art Centre, Thailand

1989   
The Friendship Programme for the 21st Century, Japan
Award Winner (print), The Contemporary Art Competition, Thailand

1983   
Top Award Winner, Painting, The Fourth Children’s Art Exhibition of Thailand
National Youth Bureau Award for Outstanding Young Artist Painting Category


COLLECTIONS

Thai Farmers Bank PCL., Bangkok
Thai Investment and Securities PCL.(TISCO), Bangkok
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
H&F Collection, Amsterdam, the Netherland
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey