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Seng Soun Ratanavanh

Born in 1970 - Lao People's Democratic Republic

BIOGRAPHY

Seng Soun Ratanavanh is an artist born in Laos who lives and works in France.

Japan, a fasciting but also disturbing country, is central in his work. Its complexity resides in the fact that it has various faces (art, gastronomy, tradition but also modernism) which blend with the numerous stereotypes of the japanese culture in western countries.

In his paintings, Seng Soun Ratanavanh questions the notion of strong but intouchable identity of the land of the Rising Sun by enlightening its numerous different characteristics.

Thus he uses without distinction images of the "kawaii" culture and esthetic (which means cute), as much as images representing Japanese tradition (geisha, engravings, origami, sushi), or urban Tokyo landscapes.

Seng Soun Ratanavanh emphasizes the contrast of an ambivalent society: on the one hand a society that is deeply attached to an omnipresent culture and tradition, and on the other hand, a society that is constantly racing with technology and modernism. He expresses it in a pictorial technique that is very pure, but rich in details and cliches.

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EXHIBITIONS

2015
Envie d'Art Gallery, Paris

2014
Envie d'Art Gallery, Paris
Premiers Gestes Arts Plastiques, Kiron Espace, Paris

2013
Envie d'Art Gallery, Paris

2012
Envie d'Art Gallery, Paris

2011
Exhibition at the Envie d'Art Gallery in Paris

2008
Collective exhibition "premiers gestes arts plastiques" - Espace Kiron in Paris

2006
Collective exhibition "FORMAT PEINTURE" at the Maison des arts et de la culture in Créteil

2005
Young creation reunion, Bellevilloise, Paris 20

2004
Exhibition "Painting in Progress", Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture de Palaiseau, organised by Pat Andréa
Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil
European Salon of young creators, 48th salon - Salon de Montrouge
European Salon of young creators, Museum Amadeo Souza-Cardoso Amarante (Portugal)
European Salon of young creators, Monastry of Sant Cugat del valles (Spain)

2001
Marquelet de La Noue Chapel in Meaux, France.

2000
Conserves Exhibition, Athenes (Greece

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