Virut Panchabuse (Bangkok, Thailand)
Thai artist Virut Panchabuse is known for his bold and expressive pop-art portraits entirely made of collage art.
After his first extraordinary success through awards and solo exhibitions in Asia, the artist had his first European exhibition in Amsterdam in 2017, directly followed by one in Bahrain in 2018, selling out in both cities. His artworks are among others in possession of prestigious worldwide collections such as that of Italian fashion giant Luciano Benetton or Chinese top-model Liu Dan.
By meticulously assembling thousands of tiny old magazine patches (mostly taken from fashion and porn magazines to achieve the right skin colours and textures), the artist creates man-sized, almost hyperrealistic portraits full of expression, vividness and light effects. He thereby celebrates character and emotions of his subjects regardless of their gender, age and ethnicity.