"My work is to tell about our lifestyle through Thai art and literature. Much of our identity comes from the old days, and our art has a tradition of thousands of years."
"My name is Poovadol Srikaew, and my nickname is 'Jib.' I was born September 9, 1975 to a family of five – my older sister, my younger brother, mother, father and me. I studied primary school and junior high near our hometown and for three years in a vocational school in the provincial capital. Then I went to Bangkok for a bachelor's degree because of my interest and love for art. Our hometown is a popular tourist destination, and foreign tourists are interested in Thai art. Also, my vocational school teachers are specialists in Thai art motifs. By the time I finished my BA, I'd know Thai art quite well.
"After graduating, I worked for a year in Bangkok, painting traditional motifs on Thai silk. I finished the required year as a soldier then went to help my uncle in his signboard and stationery shop for a year. I returned to Bangkok and took a job designing restaurant menus, but I was homesick all the time. So after six months, I went back home.
"All through my childhood, I went to the temple everyday to take food offerings and stayed a long time to copy the wall paintings. I only attended the festivals a few times because I don't like crowds. In this one life, I will do everything well today and better tomorrow.
"My work is to tell about our lifestyle through Thai art and literature. Much of our identity comes from the old days, and our art has a tradition of thousands of years. It has a lot of meaning for all Thai people and for me too. I'm grateful that Novica is a window for people in the whole world to see, know and love Thai art."
Green bhodi leaves drift earthward as Buddha watches with a serene smile. Creating inspirational images of his faith, Parinya Nanjai contrasts quiet earth tones with the colors of new life. At the age of 29, Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) left his....read more
Golden leaves fall gently from pipal trees, a variety of fig that grows in India. Buddha achieved enlightenment while meditating beneath such a tree, which became known as a bodhi, or "enlightened" tree. Some such trees in Thailand are said to....read more
Standing together under the glow of the crescent moon, two Akha girls show off the legendary beauty of their costumes. Oraphat paints an endearing portrait of tradition in honor of the Akha hill tribe, who originates in China and Tibet.
The golden leaves of a sacred pipal tree blossom under the spell of the full moon light. Painting with acrylics, Parinya Nanjai intends for Earth to be represented by the gray circle in the background. The pipal is a variety of fig that grows in India.....read more
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