Pinaree Sanpitak (b. 1961) is unquestionably one of Thailand’s most important and well-respected contemporary artists. Her relational and conceptual practice has centred around the explication of aspects of human experience and sensorial perception. She is predominantly known for her use of the human body as a key motif, which she correlates to primal and sacred forms in nature, Thai tradition and culture, and Buddhist architecture and practices. Her work nonetheless exceeds readings through the narrow confines of gender, religion and culture alone. Over the past thirty years, she has produced an expansive body of work across diverse media and techniques including painting, collage, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance.
Aside from solo and group exhibitions in galleries worldwide, Sanpitak’s works have been shown in numerous museum and biennales. Her recent site-specific installations include The Roof, commissioned by Arts Brookfield, at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden in Battery Park City in New York, USA in 2017; and Breast Stupa Topiary at Jim Thompson Farm, Thailand in 2018. She has exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), Chrysler Museum of Art (USA), Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (The Netherlands), National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, and Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (Japan). She participated in the Jakarta Biennale in 2017, the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012, the Busan Biennale in 2008, and the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Art in 1999, amongst others. In 2007, she received the Silpathorn Award for Visual Arts from the Thai Ministry of Culture. Sanpitak’s works are included in the collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA), Nasher Museum of Art (USA), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand), the National Heritage Board (Singapore), and M+ (Hong Kong). Sanpitak is currently participating in the 2019 Setouchi Triennale in Honjima, Japan.