Originally from Thailand and now living in the US, Phunsombatlert has reflected on ever-changing social, economic, and political situations, particularly in the framework of globalization. Carefully considering the history of a culture or a place, he analyzes and synthesizes these situations in order to develop artwork that reconsiders new identities in the globalization era. Through media installations, Phunsombatlert designs systems for sharing and communicating that explore the transformation from fact‐based orientation to imagination. This parallels his own transformation as an artist working in the East and the West as well as his move from traditional to new media. Furthermore, it demonstrates a transmodal transformation that he argues is inherent in new media.
Phunsombatlert earned both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in graphic arts (printmaking) at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and his M.F.A in Digital+Media at Rhode Island School of Design. He has participated in international exhibition, such as the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 1999, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, ISEA 2004: the 12th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, The Third Guangzhou Triennial 2008, Guangdong Museum of Art, China, and The 4th Auckland Triennial 2010, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.