Pinaree Sanpitak (b. 1961) is unquestionably one of Thailand’s most important and well-respected contemporary artists, whose work can be counted amongst the most powerful explorations of the female experience in all of Southeast Asia. For well over 20 years, her primary inspiration has been the female body, distilled to its most primal, basic forms: the vessel and the mound. A recurring motif in her work is the female breast, often related to the iconic form of the Buddhist stupa. Often called a feminist or a Buddhist artist, Sanpitak resists such easy categorizations, preferring to let her work speak to each viewer directly, through the most basic language of form, colour, and texture.
Aside from solo and group exhibitions in galleries worldwide, Sanpitak’s works have been shown in numerous museum and institutional shows, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), Chrysler Museum of Art (USA), Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (The Netherlands), Singapore Art Museum, and Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (Japan). She participated in the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Art in 1999, the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012, and the Busan Biennale in 2008. 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), and the National Heritage Board (Singapore).