B. 1989, Bangkok, Thailand – Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand
Kantapon Metheekul, known professionally as Gongkan, was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated from the School of Arts at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, and had a successful career in advertising and graphic design afterwards. He moved to New York City for 3 years to study Fine Arts with a focus on painting. During his spare time, he created street art throughout the city and became familiar with the local community. He developed an artistic concept that he called Teleport Art, and it gained notoriety in the New York street art scene for its images of people emerging and disappearing from black portals like they were traveling through multiple dimensions.
He found his creative voice in New York. It was there that he witnessed everyday life such as people striving for a better life, gender equality, and overall respect in daily interactions. All this had a great influence on his works. His art incorporates symbols from nature, such as the sky, clouds, and water- items that are fluid and mutable to represent freedom of expression and spirit. Additional symbols that are found in his art are circular shapes reminiscent of black holes, bodies of water, or doorways to other realms.
Gongkan works with various materials: sculptures, paintings, street art and video installations.