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Sutima “Junko” Sucharitkul

Sutima “Junko” Sucharitkul

Founder and director, Nova Contemporary

In a video by Art Basel earlier this year, Sutima reveals the origin of her love for art: Thai temples. They were where she began asking questions about colours, materials, proportions. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in fashion promotion and public relations in London she went on to study art history at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London. She followed that up with an internship at the Asian Art department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. With a belief that the budding Bangkok art scene needed to be more diverse, she opened Nova Contemporary in 2016 – which later became the first Thai gallery to ever exhibit in the Discoveries section in Art Basel Hong Kong. Her gallery exhibits up-and-coming and internationally renowned artists from Thailand and abroad. Nova Contemporary also represents Thai and non-Thai artists, including Tada Hengsapkul, Moe Satt, and Kawita Vatanajyankur. Just recently, six new-generation artists who have exhibited there have been chosen to showcase their works at the 2020 Bangkok Art Biennale. Sutima’s favourite part of her job is “working with artists and being able to show how great Thai art can be represented outside of Thailand.”