2018 UOB Painting of the Year

Persistent Problems

2018 UOB Painting of the Year
Established Artist Category


Artist: Apiwat Banler
Title: Persistent Problems
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size (cm): 150 x 180

Persistent Problems features a network of highways, trains and cars, tightly bound together in a knot as they intersect and overlap with one another.

Here, the pace and energy of an urban city is captured through the artist’s composition of linear roads congregating in a central focal point of gridlock. Through the painting, the artist conveys the impact of being surrounded by chaos in everyday life through persistent problems such as Bangkok’s traffic congestion, urban sprawl and mass transit system outages.

Artist’s Bio

Apiwat Banler

Apiwat Banler

Mr Banler is an independent artist and bar owner in Bangkok, Thailand where his bar is also an art gallery. He has held solo exhibitions in Bangkok in 2015 and 2017, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand.