Inspired by a deep respect for nature, his
Asian roots and an older sister who loved drawing, Thavorn Ko-Udomvit
has made an international name with his tranquil installations which
feature natural materials and simplified forms.
Thavorn focuses on the interdependence of man and nature, which
traditional Thai Buddhist culture sees as inherently linked. Reflected
in Thailand's distinct customs and traditions, this respect for
nature has been passed down for generations.
Thavorn himself learned about the power of nature from his father.
The sixth of seven children of a Chinese immigrant to Thailand,
Thavorn was encouraged to study for a stable and secure career,
but persuaded his parents that his life was with art. Thavorn tells
the story of spending time with his family one Autumn Moon Festival
shortly after Neil Armstrong had walked on the moon. When Thavorn's
father was asked why continued to worship the moon after the astronaut's
foot had sullied the moon's purity, Thavorn's father replied that
the moon still provided us with light. Through his art, Thavorn
expresses his inherited beliefs and sensitive awareness of nature's
In his recent "Bucha (Worship)" exhibition, Thavorn chose
rice grains and gourds as the main materials. These symbols of fertility
and growth have become his signature and refer to the importance
the artist places on their vital roles in sustaining human life.
Thavorn's "Rites and Rituals" series, followed by the
"Fetishism" theme brought the Thai artist widespread acclaim.
While an instructor at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thavorn
actively exhibits internationally and has won many prizes in art
forums. His works feature in highly respected collections around