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Sudaporn Teja (Thai: สุดาภรณ์ เตจา; born 1986) is a Thai contemporary artist, who works primarily in abstract painting and expands her artworks across installation, video, and photographs. She started her early abstract paintings by applying thin layers of colors to convey the impression of a shallow pictorial space. Her multi-layered paintings are in the synthesis of abstract form with psychological contents and social movements. The artworks frequently make references to primary data, literature, numbers, personal narrative and philosophical beliefs. Sudaporn has developed to deploy stains from substances, such as hormone gel, pins, petals, sawdust to deliberate action to object, space, and its essence in relation to existence that mirror the audience’s ardent gaze.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (2008) and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Painting) from Chiang Mai University (2013). She was amongst international artists accepted in Thaillywood residency in 2013, whose solo exhibitions were held at Serindia Gallery (2014, 2016-2018), Alliance Française Bangkok (2014, 2019), and Galerie Jean-François Cazeau in Paris (2015, 2020). Sudaporn has presented her works in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally, including SPECTROSYNTHESIS II – Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia (2019), Art Hsinchu (2018), Éclectisme (2016), Art Stage Singapore (2016), and PAD PARIS (2014).
Born and raised in Chiang Mai, her family name Teja has a long artistic lineage dating back to the reign of King Inthawichayanon (1817-1897). It was Sudaporn’s great-great-grandfather, Oon-Teja (Luang Maneewan), who was a renowned Lanna vocalist and considered as one of the finest musicians in his region and time. Her great grandmother was also an accomplished Thai Kern craftsman, whose family made silverwares and various types of weavings. Sudaporn’s Lanna artistic blood runs thick. These abstract works are her calls from within, the expressions by which she chose as a professional artist. Sudaporn currently works at her private studio in Bangkok.