Manit Sriwanichpoom (b. 1961) is an artist from Bangkok, Thailand where he is currently based. In 1984 Sriwanichpoom graduated with a BA in Visual Art from the Srinakharinvirot University, Bangkok, Thailand. Manit Sriwanichpoom is a multidisciplinary artist, creating artworks across photography, performance, video, and painting. His art addresses political and socio-economical issues facing his native Thailand. Sriwanichpoom’s most iconic works feature the artist’s friend and poet Sompong Thawee, “pink man”, and allude to uncomfortable issues of contemporary consumerist society
Solo exhibitions include Shocking Pink Story, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USA (2018); Lost, A+ Works of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2018); Fear, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2016); Bangkok in Technicolor, Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2014); Obscene, H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2012); The Lambs of God, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia (2008); Man in Pink, Galerie VU’, Paris, France (2007); Beijing Pink, Highland Gallery, Beijing, China (2006); Bangkok in Pink, the Gallery, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (2002).
Group exhibitions include the 2021 Tonight The Air Is Warm at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London. Sriwanichpoom also participated in numerous international group exhibitions such as Closer Than They Appear, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2020); RIFTS: Thai contemporary artistic practices in transition, 1980s - 2000s, Bangkok Art And Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2019); Absurdity in Paradise, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany (2018); Contemporary Ruins, curated by Julia Höner and Ludwig Seyfarth, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation and KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, Düsseldorf, Germany (2017); Concept Context Contestation: Art and the Collective in Southeast Asia, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2016); Thailand Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2015); Utopian Days – Freedom, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2014); Subjective Truth, Contemporary Art from Thailand, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2013) and Thai Pavilion, Reverie and Phantasm in the Epoch of Global Trauma, curated by Apinan Poshyananda, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003).
Highlights and Collections
In 2014 French Ministry of Culture awarded Sriwanichpoom the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In addition, in 2007 he was awarded Japan’s prestigious Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Prize. Manit’s work is held in important public collections, such as the collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Maison Europeenen de la Photographie, France; the National Gallery of Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; the National Gallery, Singapore; Vehbi Koc Foundation, Turkey; H&F Foundation, Netherlands; MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Thailand and Art Vantage, Israel Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.