b.1961 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Thai in origin, Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961. He returned to Thailand with his family when he was three and attended high school in Bangkok. He then studied at the Ontario School of Art in Toronto, the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Independent Studies program in New York. Always on the move, the artist currently divides his time between New York, Berlin and Chiangmai, Thailand.
Best known for instigating situations in projects that invite the general public to interact socially in museum or gallery environments, Tiravanija has developed significant exhibitions for the Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Portikus, Frankfurt; and the Secession, Vienna; Sydney Biennale, Yokohama Triennale and Venice Biennale, to name but a few from an extensive list of invitations and solo shows in Asia, Europe, and North America. Few of his prestigious honors include the Hugo Boss Prize (2004) as well as the Benesse Prize (2003), Lucelia Artist Award (2003), Central Kunst Prize (1996) and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship.