"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."
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A wild bird perches without fear on a little girl's outstretched arm. Representing freedom, the child comes from the Akha hill tribe, living in Thailand's northern hills. This is a proud and timeless... Read More
Dressed in the style of Thailand's Akha people, a smiling girl stands beside a cheerful white elephant. "I wanted to transmit feelings of happiness," says artist Oraphat. The Akha hill tribe... Read More
Poised in colorful elegance, a girl models the legendary costume of the Karen hill tribe people. Oraphat depicts her in bright colors and a charming naïf style. The Karen are renowned for their... Read More
Smiling with happy anticipation, a little boy lights a candle in preparation for Wian tian (candle circle) performed before the full moon rituals. The child is a novice Buddhist monk. In Thailand,... Read More