Biography - Melanie Gritzka del Villar
Biography

I am a half-German, half-Filipino artist currently based in Bangkok who engages particularly with issues of identity and hybridism through an interdisciplinary approach using painting, collage and found objects.


Solo Exhibitions

2014   coLOCAcion, El Chiringuito, Bangkok, Thailand

2013   Traces, The Space, Bangkok, Thailand

2010   Reflection, the Pikture Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2009   Intermezzo, MAG:NET Gallery, Manila, the Philippines

2007   Third Space, WhiteSpace Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand


Group Exhibitions

2012   Pinoy Artists – The Bangkok Art Experience 2012, The Embassy of the Philippines, Bangkok, Thailand.

2011   I AM HURT, Entrepot Fictief, Gent, Belgium

2009   8 Noodle, Aorkanai Studio, Bangkok, Thailand

2006   Free Range, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, England

2006   Straight from the Heart - Exile Art in North Staffordshire, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

2005   Serenda, Bukwell Visual Arts Gallery, Javea, Spain

2005   Conjunction LA:05, The Moorland Gallery, Leek, England


Prizes / Awards

2009   Winner of ‘Transforming Public Spaces - Change Bangkok’, photography competition, British Council, Bangkok, Thailand

2005   Art & Design Trustees Award, Staffordshire University, England


Commissions

2012 Cover design for promotional video ‘Chaiyo’ for Preduce Ltd, Switzerland / Thailand

2009 Cover design for promotional video ‘Sambai’ for Preduce Ltd, Switzerland / Thailand

Ongoing private portrait commissions


Education

2011   M.A. Art History, Pass with Merit, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England

2010   PGCE Art, Sunderland University, England

2006   B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, First Class Honors, Staffordshire University,England


Professional Experience

2012 - present: 1st year instructor at Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Architecture, INDA, Bangkok,Thailand

2009 - 2012   Art Teacher, St. John’s International School, Bangkok, Thailand

2007   Freelance collaborator with TA&DG (Thailand Art & Design Guide), Thailand