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100 Tonson Gallery

Chatchai Puipia

Sites of Solitude - Still-Life, Self-Portraiture and the Living Archive

In 1995, Chatchai Puipia painted a luridly hued, maniacally grimacing visage, Siamese Smile, which soon became the foremost icon of Southeast Asian contemporary art. Since then, Chatchai has become known for his mocking self-portraits, numbering among the dozen or so artists of his generation to pioneer Thailand's cultural transition from modernist to contemporary art.

Lesser known is the part of his practice devoted to still-life flower paintings, often interpretations of iconic works by modern masters such…

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