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Tan Kositpipat

Tan Kositpipat

Artist

After graduating from Kingston University in 2015, with a degree in filmmaking, Tan took the usual path of working as a member of TV and documentary crews. Two years later, he took an unusual route, volunteering for the Thai military and serving in the army infantry in Chiang Rai. After his service ended, he decided to become an artist. “I believe that everyone has a purpose in life, and I genuinely believe that this is mine,” he says. The first thing he committed to paper and canvas was his experience in the military, which he compiled into a book entitled Tan Khun. His biggest achievement to date was his first solo art exhibition, entitled Maya, held last year at Lhong 1919. Exploring online friendships, it featured more than 30 paintings and a room of 50 tablets playing 600 video clips sent to Tan by the people he befriended on the internet; depicting their lives beyond the computer screen. When this introvert is not connecting with friends and strangers online, he’s at home drawing and painting in the hope of reaching out to the world. “Honestly, I’m not really much of a speaker or a social butterfly. I find it way easier and comfortable to communicate through images.”