b. 1973, Thailand
Tawan Wattuya is known for his unique approach to watercolor and thought-provoking subject matter. Wattuya’s choice of watercolour as a medium is a deliberate attempt to convey the speed and dynamism of contemporary Thai society and explore the complex contrasts of Thai society. Wattuya’s paintings are always poetic but nevertheless provocative in terms of his critical engagement with corruption, globalization and societal hypocrisy..
With experience of art residencies in several countries in Europe, the US, Asia and South America, Wattuya has chosen to view his homeland from a distance, studying the social and political situation from afar in order to bring to his work more layers of understanding and deepness. His works have been exhibited extensively in Bangkok, Singapore, Beijing, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Brisbane, and Brussels.
Recent major solo exhibitions include ‘When Water Beats’, Art et Plus Gallery, Paris, France, 2015; ‘Dek Oey Dek Dee’, Toot Yung Art Center, Bangkok 2014; ‘Like a Virgin’, Alliance Francaise, Brisbane, Australia, 2014; ‘Tii Tai Krua’, Chula Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand, 2013 and ‘Fading Nostalgia’, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China, 2012.