New York-based contemporary artist Korakrit Arunanondchai has transcended borders and exceeded expectations, becoming a global sensation with both international collectors and public institutions seeking out his work. Best known for denim fire paintings and his crew of Bangkok Boys clad in flamed denim tracksuits, Korakrit also appears in videos either rapping or frolicking in crystal clear water as a blue haired mermaid, though these works are best viewed as installations. This year, Arunanondchai has solo shows at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo and the UCCA in China. These follow his breakout show at MoMa PS.1 in 2014 and a packed-out performance in which he rapped with his twin brother Korapat and body painted Boychild. He draws inspiration from Thailand, his family and friends, his mentor and teacher Rirkrit Tiravanija, and, though he has grown out of his former muse, Pikachu, he will occasionally still mention the furry little rascal.