"My works and my choice of colors express my imagination and my feelings. Hill tribe kids have their own identity, which I find greatly interesting."
"My name is Oraphat Phuruangraengphol and I was born on November 9, 1972 in Chachoengsao. I moved to Bangkok when I was 13 years old, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree, majoring in arts communication. I moved again, this time to Chiang Mai and I love it up here. It is a nice area, with a strong cultural and traditional identity.
"I am a joyful person. I like reading, photography, traveling, searching for new knowledge. I am happy to be able to do the things I love, especially creating artworks.
"I believe in Buddhism and adhere to the Thai culture. I like to go to temples and ancient places, and I do merit by giving food alms to Buddhist monks.
"My works and my choice of colors express my imagination and my feelings. Hill tribe kids have their own identity, which I find greatly interesting. That is why I decided to represent them and their identity through my own style and colors. However, I will continue creating what impresses me, developing and improving my style and varying the themes and subjects as time passes."
With a smug smile, a fat calico cat glances at the butterfly that poses on her tail. Transmitting feline joy in a charming naïf portrait, Noi shares his love for animals. "Animals tell me with their eyes when they are happy," he says.
A roly-poly calico cat wraps her tail around her and smiles with satisfaction. Purring with happiness, she invites the viewer to smile with her. Noi paints charming naïf portraits of animals that convey their personalities and state of mind.
Dressed in saffron robes, two Buddhist monks meditate in the shade of a bo tree. The air around them is cool and green as their spirits seek the perfect peace that comes from enlightenment. Oraphat works in acrylic on canvas to create the inspiring....read more
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