La Inthonkaew

La was born in a small village bordering the jungle in central Thailand in 1980 or 1981. She is Thai, but some of her ancestors also came from Burma, Laos and China. Her father was a local shaman; her uncle was a locally venerated Buddhist monk famous for his miraculous powers; the women in her family were traditionally midwives.

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She went to school for only four years, commuting from the family farm to the center of the village on the back of her favorite water buffalo - and almost always escaped before the end of her classes by jumping out of a classroom window, because she was bored. After the premature death of her father, the family disintegrated and, at the age of eleven, La found herself alone with two small brothers to take care of. She had to become a hunter and gatherer in order to survive for the next two years.

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Later, La went through a number of menial jobs working e.g. as a construction laborer, cook, cleaning lady, masseuse and a beach parasol lender.

A mother of three, La gave birth to her first child when she was fifteen, and at the age of 33 she was already the grandmother of twins. While visiting with her family in Phuket in 2004, she was swept up by the tsunami, which came close to killing her. At the same time, however, this traumatic experience fully opened the doors of her pictorial imagination.

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La started painting at a very early age while she was still living in the Thai countryside, painting on any scrap of paper that she could lay her hands on with paints that she herself prepared using mud and flowers. She has never received any artistic education and has never been interested in art. However, in 2010, she started painting with oils that she found in the studio of her new boyfriend - and this has been her favorite medium of expression ever since.

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La paints with an obsession that sometimes produces several paintings in one day. In addition to people, La enjoys painting animals, flowers and mushrooms, especially toadstools. 

In her paintings, one can sometimes see echoes of her childhood spent in Thailand as well as occasional glimpses into the shamanic non-ordinary dimensions of reality. Over the years, she has also painted quite a number of self-portraits. La usually paints in her kitchen, sitting cross-legged on the floor in the Thai traditional way. She prefers to paint at night, claiming that she has never been able to adjust to the Central European time zone.

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Her total number of paintings now exceeds three hundred. So far, five exhibitions of her work have taken place in Prague, where she currently lives. In 2018, a shared exhibition in Příkazy u Olomouce placed her paintings with those of Iva Folajtárová. Also in 2018, her paintings were included in the collective exhibition of art owned by Pavel Konečný in Luhačovice, Czech Republic. Recently, articles about her paintings appeared in Czech magazines Analogon No. 3/2017, Tvar No. 1/2018, Revolver Revue No. 110 and Xantypa No. 7-8/2018. 

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Ondřej Sekanina, 2018

2010

Beauty and Amanitas

oil on canvas, 90 x 100 cm

Hunter and Amanita

oil on canvas, 90 x 110 cm

Big Self-Portrait

oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm

Garden of Heavenly Delights

oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Archer

oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Buddha in the Jungle

oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Sun and Sunflower

oil on canvas, 130 x 90 cm

2011

Woman and Monkeys

oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

How I Learned to Walk

oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm

Old Sun in Dross

oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

Catdog and Goldfish

oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm

Dancing Frogs

oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm

Two Spirits

oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm

Shaman - my Father

oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm

2012

Bird Repairer

oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm

Bananasausagefish

oil on canvas, 45 x 60 cm

Self-Portrait Selling Flowers

oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm

Flowers and Venus Passing in front of the Sun

oil on canvas, 130 x 100 cm

2013

Phuket II

oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm

Me, Nakonda and our Animals in Bed

oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

Ayahuasca Self-Portrait

oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

2014

Nierika

oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

Self-Portrait (Cook a Frog)

oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm

Winter Self-Portrait

oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

Ayahuasca Flower

oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm

Mona Lisa with Caterpillar

oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm

2015

Shaman

oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm

Self-Portrait with Renowned Artist

oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm

2016

Tiger Woman

oil on canvas, 90 x 120 cm

Buddha in the Whale

oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

Jonah in the Whale

oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

Man, Dog and Green Mouse

oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm

2017

Self-Portrait in Cap

oil on canvas, 90 x 80 cm

Deer and Parasol Mushrooms

oil on canvas, 90 x 100 cm

Owl Family

oil on canvas, 100 x 90 cm

Flamingo

oil on canvas, 80 x 90 cm

Dinosaur and Turtle

oil on canvas, 90 x 100 cm

Sea Goblin

oil on canvas, 110 x 90 cm

Self-Portrait on Bike with Sheep

oil on canvas, 90 x 110 cm

Self-Portrait as Butterfly

oil on canvas, 100 x 90 cm

Sunflowers and Rabbit

oil on canvas, 110 x 90 cm

2018

Woman with Watermelon

oil on canvas, 130 x 90 cm

Woman with Green Vase 

oil on canvas, 130 x 90 cm

Mushroom Fairy

oil on canvas, 110 x 80 cm

Red Sun

oil on canvas, 90 x 80 cm

Spirit with Third Eye

oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm

Head Made of Snakes 

oil on canvas, 80 x 70 cm

Mermaid

oil on canvas, 90 x 80 cm

Mermaid with Boyfriend

oil on canvas, 90 x 80 cm

Head Made of Seafood

oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm

Moon with Rabbit

oil on canvas, 90 x 80 cm

2018

Flower - Abstract Face

drawing on paper, 42 x 30 cm

Pregnant

drawing on paper, 42 x 30 cm

Flower Made of Eyes

drawing on paper, 42 x 30 cm

Harlequin with Snake

drawing on paper, 30 x 42,5 cm

Buddha in Volcano

drawing on paper, 30 x 42 cm

Robosombat

drawing on paper, 30 x 42 cm

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