Permanent Secretary for Culture and leading Thai curator
Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Thailand's Permanent Secretary for Culture, graduated both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Fine Arts from Edinburgh University, Scotland then Phd. in History of Art from Cornell University, U.S.A. He started his career as a lecturer in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University in 1981 and was designated as the Director-General of the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) an organization under the Ministry of Culture in 2003--a result of his long and various experiences in art field. Not only that he has been an artist who won important art awards but also the author of several worldwide well known books on Thai and Asian Art such as Modern Art in Thailand (Oxford University Press) and Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions and Tensions (Asia Society Galleries). Moreover, Poshyananda has curated a number of significant art exhibitions in Thailand and abroad including Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions, New York U.S.A, Vancouver Canada, Perth Australia, Taipei Taiwan (1996-1998), Beyond Paradise: Nordic Artists Travel East, Stockholm Sweden, Bangkok Thailand, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Shanghai China (2002 -2003), Show Me Thai, Tokyo Japan (2006), Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism , Bangkok Thailand (2011), Thai Transience, Singapore (2012), Thai Charisma, Bangkok, Thailand (2014) and selected Thai artists to participate in international exhibitions: Venice Biennale, Art-Asia Pacific Triennial, Sydney Biennale, Johannesburg Biennale, Havana Biennale, Liverpool Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Sao Paulo Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, etc. He was bestowed Knight of the Polar Star, Sweden (2003); Knight of the Star of Italian Solidarity, Italy (2009); Officer of the French Arts and Literature Order, France (2011).