Paul Lukin (b.1980)

Born in the coastal city of Split, Croatia in 1980, Lukin developed a keen interest in drawing and the arts from an early age. Yet despite these artistic predilections, he immersed himself in the world of competitive martial arts winning several national and international Muay Thai titles. Following his dream of becoming a champion at Bangkok’s infamous Lumpinee stadium, he moved to Thailand. However, soon-after his passion for arts was re-ignited. Lukin started photographing in 2004 and has been obsessed with the medium ever since, completely dedicating himself to Photography. He works on long-term, self-assigned projects, focusing on emotional and psychological studies of the human condition. His images often incorporate dark and mysterious undertones, creating an impressionistic metaphorical narrative from documentary photographs that merges the deeply personal and collective.

Lukin is a finalist of Sony World Photography Awards 2018, finalist of Siena International Photo Awards 2019, and was shortlisted for the World Press Photo 2019. He was also an invitee artist by European Cultural Center for the Venice Art Biennale 2019 and 2021. His work has been exhibited in galleries internationally, including the prestigious Somerset House in London. Lukin self-published his first book, “Solitude" in 2018. His photographs appeared in publications and media outlets ranging from National Geographic, GUP Magazine to BBC.