b. 1989, Thailand
Graduated from Kasetsart University Laboratory School in 2007 and from Silpakorn University, Faculty of Decorative Arts, in 2011, Kantapon Metheekul, better known as Gongkan, currently works and resides in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduating from Silpakorn University, the artist moved to New York City, where he spent 3 years working in creative departments of advertising agencies. In his spare time, he created street art and illustrations centred on the idea of him being transported through time and space to his homeland. His work, which he named “Teleport Art”, gained notoriety in the New York street art scene and later in Bangkok. The element of time is a predominant concept in Gongkan’s paintings: surrealistic canvas, populated by human figures, realized with graphic flat strokes. Through presenting different visions of the present times or rewriting the past, the artist creates alternate realities in the process.
His selected and recent solo exhibitions include: “Tip of the Iceberg”, Over the Influence, Los Angeles, 2021; “Yestertedaytomorrow”, River City Bangkok, Bangkok, 2019; “Teleport to Taiwan”, Taipei, 2019; “Black Area”, Funstown, Beijing, “Street Art with First Street Green Art Park”, New York City, United States, 2018; “The Another Dimension”, Siri House, Singapore, 2018; Selected group exhibitions include: “Vogue HOPE” by Vogue Magazine, Siam Center, Bangkok, Thailand, 2020; “Wonder Forest: Asian Illustration”, Powering Art Center, Xiamen, China, 2019; “Asia Illustration Fair”, Power Long Museum, Shanghai, China, 2019; “Lucid Exhibition”, Seoul, South Korea, 2016; “The Warmest Winter”, New York City, United States, 2016.
Group show: Falling
Andres Barrioquinto / Marla Bendini / Jigger Cruz / Ayka Go / Gongkan / Faris Heizer / Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit / Geraldine Javier / Sakarin Krue- On / Dinh Q Lê / Mit Jai Inn / Raffy Napay / Kitti Narod / Eko Nugroho / Kim Oliveros / Wedhar Riayadi / Wedhar Riyadi / Luis Antonio Santos / Rodel Tapaya / Khairulddin Wahab / Entang Wiharso / Shen Jiaqi / Pannaphan Yodmanee / Yunizar
12.18, 2021 - 1.15, 2022
Beijing 2nd Space