lives and works
BFA, School of Fine Arts and Design, University of Tsukaba, Japan, 1986
about the artist
Unquestionably one of the most important contemporary artists working in Thailand today, Pinaree Sanpitak celebrates the female body—as vessel and as mound—a beloved motif that recurs in abstract and literal manifestations. Her creative enterprise has remained remarkably consistent in its thematic convergence around maternal iconography, as she continues to travel freely across modes of production. Painting, drawing, and sculpture have given way to installation, textile, and even cookery. Sanpitak keeps creating imagery and devising experiences that articulate the beauty, spirituality, and potency of the feminine form, intimate expressions that translate into revelations on life, birth, and humanism. Having won a number of scholarships to study abroad and completed residency programs all over the world, Sanpitak’s international education has profoundly shaped the development of her artistic vision. The artist has exhibited extensively in Thailand, and has mounted shows in Singapore, Japan, and Spain, as well as the United States. She has also participated in numerous international shows, and her work has traveled to spaces such as the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Fukuoka, Japan; the Meguro Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan; the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in Hiroshima, Japan; the Singapore Art Museum in Singapore; the Contemporary Art Museum of Genoa, Italy; the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia; the Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, Germany; and the Cultural Center of the Phillippines in Manila.