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Brief Introduction

Suwannee Sarakana is a 34-year-old Thai female artist who spends summers in Oregon, United States, painting and the remaining months painting in Thailand.
The National Gallery of Thailand in Bangkok selected her work to be presented in a solo exhibition in April of 2011 in Bangkok.
She came from the poorest region of Thailand but, through a scholarship, she attended the premier art university in Thailand, Silpakorn University in Bangkok, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Art in 2002. 
She was competitively selected to represent Thai artists in exhibits in Singapore, UAE, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Macao. She also won awards in Singapore. Her work also has appeared in shows in Spain, Italy, and in the United States where she exhibited this year at the 100th Monkey Studio in Portland and in 2009 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center Gallery in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Artist Statement

"I draw my inspiration from the people of the small villages of Issan in northeastern Thailand where I grew up. I paint the life of the village’s children and women relaxing and playing.  Her paintings use tactile textures to represent the real nature of reality in the village where life is lived close to the earth."

Biography

Education
MFA (Painting), Silpakorn University, Bangkok
BFA (Painting), Silpakorn University, Bangkok
Ubonratchathani Vocational College of Fine Arts

Selected Exhibitions
2010
“ Sea Dream” at WorkSound Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
“ Self-Portrait” at 100th Monkey Studio, Portland, Oregon, USA
“ Color of Beijing” at Krung Thai Bank Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
" Art Exhibition for the International Visual Artist Association of Thailand" at The Queen's Gallery, Bangkok.
"Her Emotions" at 9 Art Gallery, Chiangrai, Thailand
2009
" The 4th Competition : Figurative Painting and Sculpture 2009" by Fundacio' de les Arts i els Artistes, Madrid, Spain
"Blossom in The Garden " at The City of Hillsboro Glenn & Viola Walters Cultures Arts Center, Oregon, USA.
" Aesthetics of Body" at The Artery Gallery, Silom Galleria Building. Bangkok
" Seacon Square Watercolors Art Exposition" at The Art Square, Bangkok.
" Art Auction and Exhibition for the International Visual Artist Association of Thailand" at The Queen's Gallery, Bangkok.
"Krung Thep 226, the art from early days Bangkok to the imagined future" at The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok.
2007
"Water" Silpakorn University, Bangkok
"The Wonders of the Island", Imperial Hotel, Samui
"Spring Blossom in Chiangmai", Panisa Gallery, Chiangmai.
“Artist Self Portrait” at The Artery Gallery, Silom Galleria, Bangkok.
“Ladies Painting” Baan Sillapin Gallery, Hua Hin.
“Ladies Painting” 9 Art Gallery, Chiangrai
2006 
“Color Image” Jamjuree Art Gallery, Chulalongkorn  University, Bangkok
“ Message from India” Lalanta Gallery, Bangkok
"100 Esan Artists” Jampasri Gallery, Mahasarakarm
2005
"The Space”,60th anniversary of Silpakorn University, at    Silpakorn University, Bangkok
“Southern India-Portrayals of Discovery, Silpakorn
University, Bangkok
2004
“Caprice”, All Season’s Place, Bangkok
“Spring Blossom”, 9Art Gallery, Chiangrai, Thailand
2003
“Phuket, Krabi & Pang-Nga”, Silom Galeria, Bangkok
“Watercolors by Thai Artists”, Silom Galeria, Bangkok
“Happiness”, 60th anniversary of Silpakorn University, at Silpakorn University, Bangkok
“ Solo Exhibition” Foreign Correspondents’ s Club of  Thailand, Bangkok
“Life -3 Relationships”, by the Highlight Group, SPAFA’s Gallery, Bangkok
“Gender Equality”, Women’s Day Celebration, at the United Nations Building, Bangkok
“Emotion is Your Friend”, Atelier Art Gallery, Bangkok
2002
“48th National Exhibition of Art”, National Gallery, Bangkok
Project by 120 Artists”, 60th anniversary of Silpakorn University, at Silpakorn University Art Gallery, Bangkok
“Landscape Painting Exhibition”, Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok
“Women & Art, A Global Perspective” (The 2nd Biennial Exhibition), Sharjah Women’s Club and Sharjah Museum, Sharjah, UAE
2001
“The International Painting Awards 2001”, Instituto Internacional, Macao
“The Tenth International Biennial  Print and Drawing Exhibition” 2001, Taipei, Taiwan
“Hidden”, Baan Bangkok Gallery, Bangkok
2000
“Inherit Culture-from Sukhothai to the Millennium”, Thai Cultural Centre, Bangkok
“Le Geste En Liberte”, International Visual Arts Competition, UNESCO Centre Louis Francois, Paris, France
“Sinaide Ghi”, International Watercolors Exhibition, Florence, Italy
“Inspiration in Bangkok”, Hemlock Restaurant, Bangkok
“Prints Competition Exhibition”, The British Council, Bangkok
“Playground of Your Imagination”, Nokia Art Awards-Asia Pacific 2002, Bangkok
“APEC Young Artists Exhibition”, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
“Silpa Bhirasi Day”, Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok
“Thai-Italian Art Space 2000”, by Thai & Italian Artists, Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok
“Art & Culture for Peace”, by Thai & Cambodian Artists,Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok
“Body and Face”, Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bangkok
1999
“Towns Invade Forests”, National Art Gallery, Bangkok
“The 4th Art, Music and Photography Exhibition”, Thai Artists Preserve, National Gallery, Bangkok
“Vision of your Future”, Nokia Art Awards Asia Pacific 1999, Singapore
“Silpakorn Art Exhibition to Celebrate the 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary of HM the King”, Silpakorn University, Bangkok
“2nd Asahi Art Competition”, The National Gallery, Bangkok
“Art Thesis Exhibition”, Graduating Class of Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University
“ASEAN Art Awards”, Hanoi, Vietnam
“Inspiration from Luangprabang”, Bangkok

Selected Exhibitions 1995-1998
“The 45th National Exhibition of Art”, National Gallery,Bangkok
“The 44th National Exhibition of Art”, National Gallery, Bangkok
“14th Thailand Petroleum Authority Art Exhibition”, Bangkok
“13th Thailand Petroleum Authority Art Exhibition”, Bangkok
“12th Thailand Petroleum Authority Art Exhibition”, Bangkok
“The Phillip Morris Group Art Awards”, Bangkok
“Contemporary Art by Young Artists”, Bangkok
“Inspiration from Italy and France”, Silpakorn University
“Golden Jubilee of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne”, Thai Commercial Bank, Bangkok
“Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Thai Farmer’s Bank, Bangkok

Selected Awards
6th Prize at “Le Geste En Liberte”, International Visual Art Competition, UNESCO Centre Louis Francois, Paris, France
Merit Award at “Sinaide Ghi”, International Watercolors Exhibition, Florence, Italy
Merit Award at “Vision of Your Future”, Nokia Arts Awards Asia Pacific 1999, Singapore
Winner at “Vision of Your Future”, Nokia Arts Awards Asia Pacific 1999, Thailand
Winner at ASEAN Arts Award 1998, Phillip Morris Group of Companies, Bangkok
Certificate of Recognition at ASEAN Arts award 1997, The Phillip Morris Group of Companies, Bangkok

 

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