Chalermchai Kositpipat is born in Chiang Rai on 1955. He went to the first school of visual art in Thailand, the Silpakorn University is ispirate by the teachings of the Italian Corrado Feroci. Kositpipat was specialized in Thai art on 1977. He started him career by design movie posters. His early wall paintings mixed traditional art of Thai Buddhist temples with contemporary images – in a very controversial way.

Kositpipat become famous in the late 1970s alongside to Tawan Duchanee, one of the leaders of neo-traditionalism in Thai art. Neo-traditionalism style use allegory and representation in the modalities that can join Thai art, in a way that re-invents the form of historical representation. At the heart of his work as an artist and designer is the understanding that Thai culture and Theravada Buddhism always require new forms to communicate traditional meanings to an ever-new audience. So him painting are intricate murals combined to traditional Thai art with modern and stylish images.

He was the first visual artist to be honored at the inauguration of the Silpathorn Award, an award created in 2004 to honour Thai contemporary artists in mid-career.

Only death can stop my dream, but cannot stop my project“.

Chalermchai Kositpipat


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