Monday, February 06, 2017

"Forget Nothing," released by Lao American visual artist Chantala Khommanivanh

Congratulations to Lao American visual artist Chantala Khommanivanh, who recently announced his first limited edition selfpublished art book, "Forget Nothing." This 40 page 8″x8″ hardcover book contained photographs of paintings he’d done from 2010 through 2016. The edition was limited to 50 copies and they are all hand numbered and signed. It quickly sold out upon release. Here's hoping he'll feel encouraged to make more in bigger editions in the future.

Chantala Kommanivanh is both a visual artist and has an active role as one half of the dynamic hip-hop duo “Maintenance Crew” with whom he has released 4 full-length albums.

His work has been displayed in four solo exhibitions in the Chicago area galleries and has been included in numerous group and invitational exhibitions in the U.S. He received his Master of Fine Art at UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in 2014 emphasizing in painting and drawing.

Throughout his career Chantala achieved numerous awards such as the Union League Civic Arts foundation award and a two-time A.O.P Fellowship award recipient. Chantala Kommanivanh currently lives and works in Chicago as a practicing visual artist and a professor of the arts at Northeastern Illinois University. He's been a regular featured artist at the National Lao American Writers Summits.

He recently unveiled his newest painting, “The Last President of the United States” at Little Laos on the Prairie. Be sure to check it out. The Last President of the United States, 2017 measures 40″x40″ and is made with Acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas. You can learn more about Chantala at:

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