"Life needs some kind of humour and fantasy and imagination," Navin told AFP.
"In Thai life, Indian life, we live with colour and humour, people always laughing, smiling. It's very important to me, we can critique something quite seriously but it should also be fun," he said.
Navin's exhibition is a visual kaleidoscope mixing massive murals with short documentary films, sculptures and even a Volkswagen Beetle car hand-painted with characters from one of Navin's fictional love stories.
Chinese communist-style memorabilia fills one section of Navin's exhibition, but Chairman Mao's familiar features have been replaced by the artist himself, substituting a national symbol with one celebrating his name, "Navin".
"My identity is Navin. For me, I don't want to define myself in any one particular national identity. If people ask me who I am, I say I'm a Thai citizen but my background is Indian," Navin said.
"If you look at my comics, in more than half I'm also one of the characters. My mixed culture can be beyond the nation."