Artist Profile

Tawan Wattuya

Tawan Wattuya (b.1973) is best known for his distinctive approach to watercolour and thought-provoking subjects. His choice of medium is a clear attempt to convey the speed and dynamism he perceives in contemporary Thai society. He consciously chooses to view his homeland from a distance, studying the social and political situation from afar in order to explore with depth and understand both his hometown and the different places he encounters. Whether portraying the glittering terra cotta warriors of China or making sketches of the old fishermen he met in Okinawa, it is clear that Wattuya’s paintings are always poetic, personal, but nevertheless provocative in terms of his critical engagement with current issues. He is considered today one of Thailands’ most unique and engaged painters.

His works have been exhibited extensively all over the globe. Toot Yung Art Center, Chiang Mai (2018-solo),Nichido Gallery, Tokyo (2019-solo), Artist+Run Gallery, Bangkok (2018-solo),Sundaram Gallery, New York (2017-group), Tang contemporary (2010-solo). He was nominated for the “Prudential Eye Award” Contemporary Asian Painting, and exhibited the selected works at the Art Science Museum, Singapore (2016).

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