Back in May, we filled you in on The Storytellers, a new artists-in-residence program at The Library, a unique beachfront conceptual resort on Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui. After hosting the French painter Lucas Beaufort, the hotel recently welcomed its second Storyteller, Nakrob Moonmanas, a Bangkok-based collage artist and illustrator who is currently making waves in the local art scene. As the newest artist in residence to join the program, Moonmaras was awarded a round-trip ticket and four-night stay at The Library, a minimalist book-themed complex set within Koh Samui’s lush coastal landscape, where he will produce an original work to be featured in a group show with the other Storytellers in support of a local charity.
Moonmanas refers to his art as “collect, cut, and paste memories”—a fantastical mixing of traditional Thai and classical Western imagery with an anachronistic contemporary twist. His work has graced the walls of many art institutions and galleries in Thailand, including a well-received solo show at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in 2017. He has also collaborated with noted clients like Thai Airways and Mercedes Benz, in addition to various editorials for Vogue, Art4D, and Wallpaper*.Watch Moonmanas at work in the video above, and stay tuned to hear about the next artists to take part in the Storytellers project.