Lao artist spotlight: Chantala Kommanivanh

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Chantala Kommanivanh is an engaged emerging Laotian American artist.
In June he had an exhibition “Sabai Sabai” in Chicago, and has been exhibiting across the country this year, including Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

He 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. The rap music and the visual work have areas of overlap in terms of their meaning and content. His work has been displayed in four solo exhibitions in Midwest 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 with the emphasis in painting and drawing. He has achieved numerous awards such as the Union League Civic & Arts foundation award and a two time A.O.P Fellowship award recipient.

Chantala Kommanivanh is currently working as an art instructor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

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