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Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook was born in 1957 in Trad, Thailand, and currently lives in Chiang Mai.

Female sexuality and identity lie behind the images of death in her work. She received her MFA from Silpakorn University in Bangkok in 1986 and a Diplom für Bildende Künste from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig in 1990, where she was Meisterschülerin in 1994.

She has exhibited her sculptures, installations, performance-related videos and photographs at several solo exhibitions, including Why Is It Poetry Rather than Awareness? at the National Gallery, Bangkok, 2002; Lament at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, 2003; and Great Times Message: Storytellers of the Town and In a blur of desire at 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, 2006-2007.

Her participation in group exhibitions includes the Biennale of Sydney 2010; the 7th Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian-Pacific countries “Pacific Meridian”, 2009; Wind from the East – Perspectives on Asian Contemporary Art at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Thermocline of Art. Asian New Waves at ZKM, Germany, 2007; Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea; Taipei Biennale, Taiwan, 2006; Thai Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005; and The Pantagruel Syndrome, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, 2005-2006.

She lectures at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.