Biography - Melanie Gritzka del Villar

I am a half-German, half-Filipino artist currently based in Bangkok. I consider myself a synthesizer of different cultural references, of archaic as well as dream symbols; a reclaimer of discarded or overlooked surfaces. I am interested in a new human ecology, one that respects our interdependence as human beings, our own inner nature, and the natural environment. My main expression is painting, however I frequently use collage and layering techniques too and venture into mixed media work. My art is a record of my experiences, emotions and visions - a record that charts a lived personal reality which hopefully touches upon a more collective and universal truth. 



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

2015   Intermezzo, Korean Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
2015   Exo / Endo, Iniala Gallery, Phang-Na, Thailand
2014   MONOLOGUE, Bridge Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand
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


2015  Site-specific installation for Malasimbo Music and Art Festival, Puerto Galera, The Philippines


2014  GRIT in Mumbai, self-initiated art workshop with the children of the Maharashtra Seva Housing Society Shastri Nagar, Dharavi, Mumbai, India

Prizes / Awards

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


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

2010   PGCE Art, Sunderland University, England

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

Professional Experience

2014 - present  Lecturer on Color Aesthetics at Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Architecture, INDA, Bangkok, Thailand
2012-  2014   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