Born in 1971 in Chiang Mai, Navin Rawanchaikul is a Thai citizen with permanent resident status in Japan and whose ancestral roots are from the Hindu-Punjabi communities of present day Pakistan. As an artist Navin has developed a unique and vast body of works that rely heavily on team spirit and collaboration, and are most often produced under the banner of Navin Production. His artistic development began with works deeply rooted in local communities and everyday life experiences. In 1995, he initiated the landmark project Navin Gallery Bangkok, in which an ordinary Bangkok taxicab was transferred into a mobile art space. Its great success prompted several versions of the Taxi Gallery around the world.
Embarking upon more international presentations of his work, Navin started to engage in a process of exploring the negotiation between local circumstances and trends of globalisation. Following this path, the artist has become renowned for dynamic art works which involve direct community interventions, social commentary, and an innovative style of integrating community or individual experiences into eccentric fictional tales. His oeuvre encompasses a broad array of media including installation, film, performance, mobile galleries, billboards, comics, games, cocktails, and he has even formed his own pseudo political party, the Navin Party.
Rawanchaikul has been widely exhibited in numerous international venues reflecting a storied artistic career with solo shows at institutions including New York's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (2001), the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2002), Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok (2006), and Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing and Bangkok (2007). His works have also featured at the Shanghai Biennial (2002); Busan Biennial (2002); Sao Paulo Biennial (2004), Liverpool Biennial (2004) and the Yokohama Triennial (2005), among others. In 2009, he has been featured at the Tate Triennial, Altermodern, and will have a solo exhibition later this year at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing entitled SuperChina!.
Navin divides his time between his family in Fukuoka, Japan, and his hometown of Chiang Mai where Navin Production is based.
For more information on the artist and Navin Production visit www.navinproduction.com and www.navinparty.com for Navin Party projects.