Jiab Prachakal is a contemporary figurative artist. Her work is concerned with identity and the revelations that come through rigorous observation. Identity is at heart of every person. As it manifests into 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 mature, 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.