Maitree Siriboon

Thailand 1983

Installation, Performance Art, Photography

Maitree Siriboon
Maitree Siriboon
December 20, 2014

Maitree Siriboon is an artist from Thailand, born on June 11, 1983 in Ubon Ratchatani, a province in the north eastern Isarn region of Thailand. Maitree is one of Thailand’s leading young artists whose works have been shown internationally. He is known for his photographic works, mosaic collages, installations and performances.

Maitree moved to Bangkok at the age of fifteen to study, first at the College of Fine Art at Ladkrabang and later at Silpakorn University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. His early collage work is influenced by his childhood in Isarn, transforming half-forgotten snapshots of memories into colorful abstractions of rural life. His childhood landscape permeates his art, a sparkling two-dimensional texture filled with trees, rice paddies, traditional agricultural scenes, and water buffaloes. Maitree often combines his inner childhood memories with contemporary dreams, creating a new imaginary world of beauty using reflective mosaics of colored glass, the same kind as being used on the outdoor surface of many Thai temples. More recently, Maitree turned to contemporary photography. His first series Isarn Boy Dream invites foreigners to his childhood home Nong-Bo, placing them against characteristic village backdrops. Isarn Boy Soi 4 examines, in an idealized fashion, the experience of rural youth transplanted to a big cosmopolitan city and addresses an underlying motif of sex labor. In Albino & Green and in Dream of Beyond, Maitree develops a sensuous and sometimes mystical treatment of models and water buffalos in idyllic pastoral settings. His focus in his recent work is to pay tribute to and use the imagery of the buffalo as a symbol from a cultural and historical perspective. It was the buffalo through its hard work that helped build Thailand into a rice farming nation and then into the modern nation it is today. As he says: “Today however, we hardly see buffaloes working in the rice fields, and yet they remain one of the most respected animals in Thailand. Their numbers are decreasing rapidly, and they now have assumed new roles as a decorative item, a family pet, a source of food, and as a cultural icon for tourism purposes.” The buffalo has had lasting influences over Thai culture and beliefs, and historically has represented positive attributes. However, in recent times, the buffalo has become a metaphor for many negative attitudes toward people. The word “buffalo” (“kwai” in Thai) is often applied to describe someone who is less educated, foolish, stupid, or who is difficult to train. The dichotomy of attitudes towards this important animal is a symbol of changes in Thai society.

Apart from Thai exhibitions Maitree Siriboon has also been exhibited in Laos, Singapore, France, China, United Kingdom, Cambodia, Korea, USA, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. He has also been shown at a Biennale in France and a Triennale in China. He is a recipient of numerous national awards like The Bangkok Bank Art Award in 2006.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Stanze - Casa MasaccioCentro per l'arte contemporanea, San Giovanni ValdarnoGroup
2014RadiationThe Art Center - Chulalongkorn University, BangkokGroup
2014Lotus DiscoWhitespace Gallery, BangkokSolo
2013Maitree Siriboon - Buffalo´s HeartThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2013A Tribute to Galileo Chini : Jewels of DecorationsSiam Paragon, ThailandGroup
2013Me Love You Long TimeAljira A Center for Contemporary Art, New JerseyGroup
2013Me Love You Long TimeBoston Center for the Arts, BostonGroup
2012Tree of Life (2012)Project Space Luangprabang, Isan Disco House at Art Stage SingaporeSolo
2012Origin – Originality : New Wave of Thai ArtForty7 Gallery, LondonGroup
2012On the Threshold of Senses : New Art From South East AsiaTally Beck Contemporary, New YorkGroup
2012Thai Trends from Localism to InternationalismArt and Culture Center, BangkokGroup
20114th Guangzhou Triennial - Back to BasicsThe Museum Per Se - Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, GuangdongGroup
2011Idols and IconsYAVUZ Fine Art, SingaporeGroup
2011Whitespace Gallery CollectiveWhitespace Gallery, BangkokGroup
20113rd Biennial Exhibition of the World ImagesThe Museum Du Quai Branly, Paris, France,Group
2011Young Artist ProjectDaegu Metropolitan City, South KoreaGroup
2011Thai SensationalContemporary Art Paraty, BrasilGroup
2011Across the MekongProject Space, Luang Prabang, Lao PDRGroup
2011Thai SensationalGaleria Belvedere, Parati, BrasilGroup
2010DifferentTang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2010I Giovanni IsanCappella Dei Caduti, Via Sant’s Andrea, Pelago, ItalyGroup
2010Month of Photography TokyoRicho Building Hall, JapanGroup
2009Isarn Boy Soi 4Whitespace Gallery, BangkokGroup
2009Il dio delle piccole coseCasa Masaccio, Centro per l'arte contemporanea, San Giovanni ValdarnoGroup
2009Rites de PassageSCHUNCK, HeerlenGroup
2009Cut09: Figure (New Photography From Southeast Asia)VWFA Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2009Cut09: FigureValentine Willie Fine Art - VWFA Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2009CUT09: Figure (New Photography from Southeast Asia)Vwfa Valentine Willie Fine Art - Kuala Lumpur, Kuala LumpurGroup
2009Isarn Boy Soi 4Whitespace Gallery Bangkok, ThailandSolo
2009LuccaFilm Festival Lucca, ItalyGroup
2009The mind is like a mirrorVenezia, ItalyGroup
2009God of Small ThingCasa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, ItalyGroup
2009Piazzale TecchioNapoli, ItalyGroup
2009The God of Small ThingsCasa Masaccio Arte Contemporanea, ItalyGroup
2008Sensational SelvesThe Art Center - Chulalongkorn University, BangkokGroup
2008My TreeMu Mu Art House Bangkok, ThailandSolo
2008Face to Face4th French Festival, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2008Face to Faces (Month of Photography 4th French festival in Bangkok 2008)Silom Galleria, BangkokGroup
2006Dream of LiberationWhitespace Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandSolo
200623rd Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Thai ArtistsThe National Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandGroup