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Pinaree Sanpitak



lives and works

Bangkok, Thailand


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.

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2011GROUP Stealing the Senses, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

GROUP Negotiating Home, History, and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, 1991-2011, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

GROUP Here / Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA

SOLO Body Borders, The Art Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2010GROUP Roundabout, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

2009GROUP Emotional Drawing, SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2008GROUP Expenditure, The Busan Biennale 2008, Korea

GROUP Emotional Drawing, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Japan

2007GROUP Talk About Love, Bangkok University Gallery, Thailand

2005GROUP Soi Project, Yokohama Triennale, Japan

2004SOLO Temporary Insanity, The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand

2003GROUP The Spirit of Asian Contemporary Art, California State University, Sacramento, USA

2002GROUP 36 Ideas from Asia: Contemporary South-East Asian Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

GROUP Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan

SOLO Offering Vessels, Salina Art Center, Salina, USA

SOLO Breast and Beyond, Bangkok University Art Gallery, Art Center of Chulalongkorn University and Open Arts Space, Bangkok, Thailand

2001GROUP A Shriek from an Invisible Box, The Meguro Museum, Tokyo, Japan

SOLO Vessels and Mounds, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

GROUP Labyrinths: Asian Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum of Genoa, Italy

Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

College of the Arts, Singapore

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Lenzi-Morisot Foundation, Singapore – France

Ministry of Culture, Thailand

Misiem Yipintsoi Sculpture Garden, Thailand

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

The Queen’s Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, Bangkok, Thailand

PINAREE SANPITAK | Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Pinaree Sanpitak presents her first solo exhibition in Australia at Sydney’s Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF). [more]