Roongroj Paimyossak (101 Historic Lanna House Collective)Chiang Mai
Born in 1964, Chiang Mai. Lives and works in Chiang Mai.
Roongroj Paimyossak studied art at Sirikorn Silpawittaya School, College of Fine Arts, and the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University (1987). After that, he went to study with sala (craftsman) at Ban Tawai and learned about the local community way of life, which led him to create pioneering artworks, known as ‘Neo Lanna Art’.
Due to over-work, Roongroj fell ill. During recovery, he studied Buddhism as well as the concept of installation art that involves audience participation and the process of displaying works in public spaces.
Due to his extensive experience of working with the villagers, he is known for creating art that plays an important role in mobilizing the community in the period of the emerging community art and artistic activist collective. He started the 101 Historic Lanna House Collective with fellow Lanna artists and architects. By exploring the traditional houses of Tai Khuen, Tai Lue, and Yong ethnic groups in his hometown in Chiang Mai, this group of artists has searched for, researched and interviewed local wooden house owners, which continue to disappear They sometimes renovate houses that have become dilapidated over time. Roongroj gathered information and published book which is distributed to the public.