December 2023

Amnat Kongwaree

The most important role besides being an art teacher, is being a contemporary graphic artist in Thailand

Janine Yasovant
with Danin Adler

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The saying that "The weak become extinct. If you can do it, you will rule the world" truly defines the word human, the greatest in the system of living things. Humans use Nature to determine the nature of their lifestyle. Through things that are real and tangible (Objective Reality) and things fictitious from the imagination (Imagined Reality), both create object-oriented forms determining meaning through symbols which are all related to nature, by passing it on through the ages, from generation to generation. 
Amnat Kongwaree

JY. Tell us about your personal history, education and work.

AK. I was born and raised in Suphanburi Province. Childhood life surrounded by a family which operates a restaurant that is quite popular in the district. The government officials from all sectors stop by to eat, socialize and drink together throughout the day. It is certain that my childhood was not as much fun as that of other children. From primary school to secondary school I had to help my parents to work, waking up at 5 a.m. and having to work until I showered and dressed for school and came back to help with work until 9-10 p.m. until the shop closed, every day. Sometimes I was mischievous like children, sometimes running away from work to go play. Escaping to mingle with friends.

The shop is packed with customers every day, there are no holidays, I was forced to hang out with Grandpa and Grandma. Get on a motorbike and go to farm about 30 kilometers from home every week, because if I stay at home, I will find a way to escape from work and hang out with friends in the neighborhood.

Basic art creation was sporadic and nothing stands out. But I feel that I concentrated a lot on various activities related to creative craftsmanship. Every Friday night, I enjoyed doodling and writing until much later than usual.

When we arrived at the school, educational guidance was provided by lecturers who were seniors from the School of Dramatic Arts. I told my mother that I wanted to study dancing and wanted to play in Khon. Because I really like the character of Hanuman. Also, lecturers from the Royal Military Academy who look handsome-cool in their uniform. I wanted to be like them. But when looking at the academic scores, I decided to ask my parents' permission to follow my friends (I'm a stickler for friends) to attend a commercial college camp. I went to practice typing for 3-4 days. From all these events, I realized that I didn't have any dreams in my head and didn't know what I particularly liked or loved. And before deciding anything from all these options, orders from father and mother announced "Go study art" is the best solution and go study far away from friends. Don't stay in Suphanburi province. Afraid of being addicted to friends, afraid of inviting each other to misbehave. The only choice given was to go to Chiang Mai province.

Graduated from Mathayom 3 (15 years old) by taking the exam at a famous government vocational college, Rajamangala Institute of Technology (Jed Yot) which had a dedicated art teaching department. and also took the exam at the Thai Fine Arts School, Chiang Mai. I didn't have any relatives, only my aunt's friend's house that I never knew. But my aunt took me to get to know and live with a strange family, and this place became a serious path to study "art" which started at Rajamangala.

So it was the first long trip in my life, walking away from the embrace of family alone. I studied in Chiang Mai province in 1993-1996, where I got to know various art forms, especially graphic arts. (And I think that I became fascinated with graphic art because I liked the technique of woodcut printing.)

I had to transfer to a new place of study again in May 1996 after passing the entrance exam and enrolled in the Graphic Arts Department Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Burapha University Chonburi Province. I entered as a 5th generation student of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts and 3rd generation of the Graphic Arts major. They studied all printmaking techniques according to international standards, including metal prints, woodblock prints, screen prints, and lithographs. Every school break,I rarely returned home to see my family. I came to study for a master's degree at the Faculty of Decorative Arts (2000), majoring in Applied Arts. Silpakorn University (Studying in Nakhon Pathom and Bangkok). After studying for one year, I dropped out to study for a Master's degree in Graphic Arts, Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts in same university. Throughout the time I studied here from 2001-2005, I opened up new perspectives and was selected to be a special lecturer to teach lithographic techniques. (which is a printmaking technique that I had mastered). While studying in my second year at the master's level, I began to serve as an assistant in creating works using the lithographic technique.

JY. What materials do you use in your work and what are the designed patterns, the working period ?

AK. First, I would like to explain my current career status. With a variety of duties my 1st duty is to be a graphic arts teacher at the bachelor's and master's levels, with special expertise in creating in the lithographic technique of both limestone and aluminum plates. 2nd role is a contemporary printmaking artist in Thailand. It mainly relies on the creation of lithographic techniques. I have published works in various contests both domestically and abroad for more than 20 years and still create works using the lithographic technique until now. At present there are very few artists who employ this technique in Thailand because it is a complex technique. The 3rd role is to help the artist create lithograph works. in collaboration with contemporary artists of Thailand With special experiences that have their own specialties As a result, I got to work with a variety of artists, especially Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Princess Chulabhorn Walailak Empress Dowager Princess Krom Phra Si Sawangkhavadhana Worakhattiyarajanari, Teerawat
Kanama, Suphot Singsai, Atthasit Pokphong, Atchalinee Kessuksuk, etc.

The three roles worked together and I took turns playing different roles in different situations. If we were to mention the most important role besides being an art teacher, it would be the second duty or the status of being a contemporary graphic artist in Thailand that over time accumulates experience to a certain level

JY. Tell us about exhibitions and traveling to see work.

AK. After being hired as a full-time lecturer at the Graphic Arts Department since 2011, I was invited to be a main lecturer. Attend lectures, demonstrations and work on lithographic techniques. in many universities. And what is very important is traveling to lecture and demonstrate the creation of lithographic techniques in two major cities: in Indonesia in 2017 at the Faculty of Arts and Design Jakarta Institute of the Arts (Institute Kesenian Jakarta) and at the Institut Teknologi Bandung Jakarta and Bandung City. One teacher gave us the reason: We have money, we have a printing press, we have a place, we have students who are hungry for knowledge and want to learn but we are not ready with an instructor in lithography techniques.

In 2020, there was an event that was considered my highest honor as a lithograph teacher and a lithograph artist and as an assistant to artists creating lithographic works throughout the past several decades: The International Senefelder Award Foundation in Germany The foundation was established to honor Johann Alois Senefelder, the inventor of the lithographic printing technique in the 18th century. The foundation started holding a contest every three years (first time in 1975) to award prizes to printmaking artists whose works include both old and new styles of lithography. In 2020, the committee announced the results through a live online broadcast and announced the name of Amnat Kongwaree from Thailand. I received the First Main Prize 2020: 1st Place Winner The 12th International Senefelder Prize 2020 Senefelder Award 2020 : Offenbach, Germany.

The Senefelder Award is the highest honor in life.

More information at

https://www.senefelderstiftung.de/en/news/

https://youtu.be/1rVtimKoJU8

https://youtu.be/ga_AlQ8JaMY

https://youtu.be/BFLPHe96oDk

Present position

Assistant Professor

Department of Graphic Arts, Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, 31 Na Phra Lan Rd,  Wang Tha Pha, Phra BorommahaRatchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand. 10200

Education

2005 : M.F.A. (Graphic Arts) Graduate School Silpakorn University Bangkok, Thailand.

1999 : B.F.A. (Graphic Arts) Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Burapha University, Chonburi Province, Thailand.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023

The 40th Art Exhibition By Members of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, In Collaboration with the Invited International Art Professors and Artists Network, On the Occasion of the 80th Anniversary Celebration of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University At PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.

The 22nd  International Print Biennial Varna 2023, Bulgaria.

2022

International Engraving Show  "III Muestra Virtual Internacional de Grabado" 2022, Argentina.

IPC International Mini Print 2022, Taiwan.

International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2022 R.O.C. Taiwan.

The 7th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, 2022, Romania. 

The 3rd International Lithography Competition Litho Kielce    2021/2022, Poland.  

The 39th "Virtual Existence" Art Exhibition By Members of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, In Collaboration with the Invited International Art Professors and Artists Network, At PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.

The International Lithography Exchange Exhibition "East + West" International Design Week "Diversity and Dialogue", Tanhualin, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Art Museum, China.

2021

LITHOGRAPHY ONLINE EXHIBITION 2021, Megalo Print Studio Lithography, Kingston, Australia.

International Print Triennial in Cieszyn 2021, Poland.

The 38th  "Digital Technology for Artistic Creativity and Research"

Art Exhibition By Members of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, In Collaboration with the Invited International Art Professors and Artists Network, At PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.     

2020

The International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2020 R.O.C. Taiwan.

The 7th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, 2022 Romania. 

International Senefelder Award 2020, Offenbach, Germany.

LITHOGRAPHY ONLINE EXHIBITION 2020, Megalo Print Studio Lithography, Kingston, Australia.

The 3rd ASEAN Graphic Arts Exhibition - Viet Nam 2020

The 37th "Surviving" Art Exhibition By Members of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, In Collaboration with the Invited International Art Professors and Artists Network, At PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.

2019

Arcade Art Exhibition and Exhibition from International  Art Workshop 2019 at  H.R.H. Princess Sirindhorn Art Gallery Silpakorn University, Thailand.

Existence Sense  Joint Exhibition Between Silpakorn University, Thailand And Tunghai University, Taiwan at Taichung Taiwan Tunghai

University Art Gallery and H.R.H. Princess Sirindhorn Art Gallery Silpakorn University, Thailand.

The 20th Exhibition of International Print Biennial Varna 2019 Bulgaria.

International Art Exhibition and Academic Collaboration ISI Yogyakarta Silpakorn University at Art and Design Gallery Bangkok, Thailand.

The 35th Art Exhibition "Anthropocene" by Members of The Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University at  H.R.H. Princess Sirindhorn Art Gallery Faculty of Painting,  Sculpture and Graphic Arts,  Silpakorn University Nakornpathom.

2018

"Translation of 3 Visions of Printmaking" International Printmaking Exhibition of 3 Universities at Thailand and Japan.

30 Artists Triennial Seni Grafis Indonesia VI - 2018 Kompetisi    International Bentara Budaya Indonesia.

2016

Ural Print Triennial 2016 International Exhibition, Russia.

Kenpoku Festival 2016 Daigo town, Ibaraki Prefectural Tokyo, Japan.

The 1st International Print Biennial Lodz 2016 Lodz, Poland.

The 2nd ASEAN Graphic art Competition and exhibition, Viet Nam.

2015

The 4th Bangkok Trienniale International Print and Drawing Exhibition at Bangkok art and Culture Centre Bangkok, Thailand.

"HER" Two man Show Art Exhibition By Atsuko Goto (Japanese) and Amnat Kongwaree at Exhibition room P1,P2,Phannarai Building, The Art Centre, Silpakorn University (Wang Thaphra) Bangkok,Thailand.

Thailand: Spiritual and Material Contemporary Artists from Thailand Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection Italy.

Cubic Museum: Art Exhibition Exchange between Aichi University of the Arts, Japan and Silpakorn University, Aichi Prefectural University Nagoya, Japan.

2014

The International Biennial Print Exhibition: 2014 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.

International Printmakings Exchange Exhibition 2014 : Burapha University and Daejeon Printmakers Association, Daecheong Water Cultural Center Planning Exhibition Hall Korea.

Exchange Fine Arts Workshop and Exhibition Among: Vietnam; Lao PRD, Cambodia, Thailand, and Japan at Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts , Vietnam.

Cubic Museum: Art Exhibition Exchange between Aichi University of the Arts, Japan and Silpakorn University, at Silpakorn University Art Gallery, Wang Tha Phra, Bangkok, Thailand.

2013

Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition (A.I.M.P.E) Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima Japan.

Little Big Prints by 196 Thai and Foreign Artists, at PSG Art Gallery Faculty of Painting,Sculpture and Graphic Arts Silpakorn University Bangkok, Thailand.

2012

Art Exhibition "ON PAPER" Tama Art University Japan and   Silpakorn University Thailand, at Sanamchandra Art Gallery Silpakorn University Sanamchandra Palace Campus Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand.

"TAMUSIL" PRINT EXHIBITION 2012 Represent of Lithography by Tama Art University, Musasino Art University and Silpakorn University at Tokyo, Japan.

ASEAN PRINTMAKING COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION To honor the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASEAN Hanoi Vietnam.

2008

Asia Pacific International Exhibition of Print and Symposium Taiwan.

International Invitational Mini Prints and Mini Drawing Exhibition
Taiwan.

2007

"Show me Thai" Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.

International Print Exhibition, Japan and Thai, The Queen's Gallery Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai - Japan Art and Cultural Exchange, Silpakorn University Tama Art University, Tama Art University Museum Tokyo, Japan.

2007 GUANLAN International Print Biennial, China.

Prints Tokyo 2007 International Print Exhibition Tokyo Sakima Art Museum Okinawa, Japan.

The "losif Iser" Seven Edition International Contemporary Engraving Biennial Exhibition Romania.

The 14th International Print Biennial Varna 2007 Bulgaria.

2006

The 7th Triennale de Chamalieres Mondial de L'estampe Et de La Gravure Originale, France.

The 5th Egyptian International Print Triennale Egypt.

Aichi - Silpakorn Exchange art Exhibition, Silpakorn Art Centre Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai - Japan Art and Cultural Exchange, Silpakorn University and Tama Art University, Art Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.

2005

Thailand Quadrangle Printmaking Exhibition in Japan Tokoha Art Gallery, Tokoha Gakuen University Shizuoka, Japan.

Three Thai Artists Exhibition at Mizunami Art Museum Gifu, Japan.

Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition at Kyoto Art Museum Kyoto, Japan.

The "Iosif Iser" Sixth Edition International Contemporary Engraving Biennial Exhibition Romania.

2004

Taiwan International Mini - Print Exhibition and Symposium. Taiwan

2003

International Print and Drawing Exhibition on the Occasion of 60th Anniversary Celebration Silpakorn University Bangkok, Thailand.

The 11st International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition R.O.C. Taipei, Taiwan.

Print Exhibition Tokyo 2003 between Silpakorn University Thailand : TAMA Art UniversityJapan, at the Art Gallery of the Faculty of Art, TAMA Art University Tokyo, Japan.

2000

The 3rd Malaysia Annual Exhibition of International Contemporary Prints, Malaysia.

1999

The 2nd Malaysia Annual Exhibition of International Contemporary Prints, Malaysia.

Honor and Awards

2022       

"Mention Prize" THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL LITHOGRAPHY COMPETITION LITHO KIELCE 2021/2022, Poland.   

2020     

"First Main Prize" International Senefelder Award 2020, Offenbach, Germany.

"Merit Prize" The International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2020 R.O.C.
Taiwan.

2016

Diplomas Ural Print Triennial International Exhibition 2016 Russia.

Third prizes 2016 "ASEAN Printmaking Competition and Exhibition" Hanoi, Vietnam.

2012

Third prizes 2012 "ASEAN Printmaking Competition and Exhibition"

To honor the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Asean Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

Solo Exhibition

2007 : "Waiting" Galerie N, Bangkok, Thailand

 

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Janine Yasovant is a writer and art collector in Chiang Mai, Thailand and a Senior Writer for Scene4. For more of her commentary and articles,
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