Chantala Kommanivanh
Instructor, Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Chantala Kommanivanh is a visual artist working primarily with mixed media. He has exhibited in his work in galleries and museums all across the U.S and international. Kommanivanh has been teaching at NEIU since 2012.
Courses Taught
Art and society
Studio experiences in painting
Mural painting
Research Interests
Chantala Kommanivanh is an emerging Laotian American artist based out of Chicago. Kommanivanh's work is inspired from old family photographs and found images representing his childhood and pivotal moments of his life. His work uses paint and loose canvas, often collage and layered with drawn and painted marks, areas of thick paint and thin stains of color to explore his experience as a member of a refugee family. There are glimpses of a displaced youth negotiating a new cultural landscape, family ties, and various aspects of identity and urban life in his work. His paintings combine colorful and sometimes aggressive abstraction with moments of sensitive photographic clarity...perhaps an appropriate analogy to an engaged life

Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

Union Art Gallery. Milwaukee, WI

Elephant Room. Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

Minnesota Museum Of American Art. Minneapolis, MN

Asian Arts Initiative. Philadelphia, PA

National Art Museum Of China. Beijing, China

Herbert J. Johnson Museum Of Art. Ithaca, NY

Elephant Room. Chicago, IL

Kenilworth Square East Gallery. Milwaukee, WI

New Rules Gallery. Minneapolis, MN

Additional Information

Large scale mural commissioned by Rebuild Foundation (Garfield BLVD & Prairie)

Large scale mural commissioned by Rebuild Foundation (67th & Stony Island)

Artist Talk, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.

City of Chicago ‘s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Grant (DCASE)

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus