Jiab Prachakul


Jiab is a contemporary figurative artist. Her work is concerned with identity, and the revelations that can be revealed through rigorous observation. Identity is at heart of every person. As it manifests as a persona it becomes - defined by our choice of clothes, the color of our skin, our personal style, our body gestures, and the look that comes from deep within our eyes. Our identity is dictated to us from the moment we are born. But as we grow up, identity is what we actually ‘choose’ to be . Jiab is interested in those small details, and is keen to document within her paintings the individual identities of the unique people she meets. Some are from London, many are from Berlin, and increasingly more come from Thailand, her homeland.

Jiab was born in Nakhon Phanom, a small town in north-east, Thailand. After a quiet childhood she moved to Bangkok to study Filmography at Thammasat University. After graduating from a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism she worked for 3 years as a Casting Coordinator at Big Blue Production. It was there that she practiced her skills of finding talent for various advertising campaigns. Observing people and seeking for the right moment of expression was her expertise. It is those experiences that exert a great influence on her works until today.

After moving to London in 2007 she was so inspired by David Hockney’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery that she decided to start her career as a self-taught artist in the field of contemporary portrait painting.

While developing her art, she moved to Berlin and in 2009 she started her own brand ' JIAB ' designing fashionable products based on her own artwork. It was in Berlin that she met some of her models and artist friends that have influenced her works greatly and redirect her back to her own identity as an Asian artist living outside of her home country.

In 2018 she moved to Lyon where she now lives and works as a full-time artist. Jiab continues to explore and develop her work focusing particularly on people who are having a mixed identity. (Photograph by Guillaume Bouzige)