Biography - Melanie Gritzka del Villar

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 street art, painting, collage and found objects.



Upcoming Projects


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


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

2014   MONOLOGUE, group show at 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


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


2014   6-meter wall painting for Elysian Tea House, Sukhumvit 49/1, Bangkok, Thailand

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

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