The passing time and veteran experiences on the road to Art, cannot but leave impacts on an art-maker's thoughts and state of mind. These and these alone can give him more freedom, while growing old in the world in which he moves from day to day. Gradually but steadily, they release him from the binding rules and man-made systems, relieving him from the perpetual need to search for identity, or to create a new style which is exclusively and individually his own. They set him free from the urge to prove himself to the world, from his self-created prison and obsessions, from all isms and ideologies, from the changing modes and gimmicks of the time.

The merit of my current works lies in this sense of freedom, sincerely breathing out a final release from both realism and abstraction, from both beauty and ugliness. What remains is Wisdom, born in the depth of the soul, which is mine and mine alone.
-- Chavalit Soemprungsuk --


Born: July 30, 1939, Khon Kaen, Thailand
Pass Away: April 27, 2020
Address: Zeeburgerdijk 25 A.1093 S.K. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tel 31 20 468 8932
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Education :
1943-52: Vajiravudh College, Bangkok, Thailand.
1953-54: Fine Arts Preparatory School, Bangkok, Thailand.
1954-62: Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
1963-65: Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Selected Exhibitions :
2004: "No Comment at 65", The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
2009: "Chavalit S'70 ", The Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Solo Exhibitions :
1963: Suan Pakkad Palace, Bangkok, Thailand.
1965: Anne Frank's house, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1966: Leids Academisch Kunstcentrum, Leiden, The Netherlands / Europahuis, Limberg, The Netherlands / Bangkapi Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
1967: Gallery Viruly, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Veluwes Museum van Oudheden, Harderwijk, The Netherlands.
1969: Gallery Design Studio 397, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1972: Gallery Novelle Images, The Hague, The Netherlands.
1974: Municipal Exhibition Centre Aemstelle, Amsterveen, The Netherlands.
1975: Gallery in Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1980: The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.

Commissions :
1987: Wall Object, 'Windbreker', Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Exhibitions :
1958-98: National Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand.
1962: Gallery Tasca, New York, USA.
1966: Pratt Institute, New York, USA
1972: Municipal Purchase, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Rama IX Collection

Gift from artist


Contemporary art is not merely judged upon its beauty or ugliness. It is an expression of an artist, reflecting from an individual mentality. No matter how messages are carried out, the results would catch the attention of viewers or somewhat stimulate them. Some could be driven to creativity or stirred to insanity. But, some could be brought to wisdom and opened to see the truth. Therefore, artistic work of an individual are varied by the surrounding factors ; time, age, experiences and atmospheric changes. A response of a sixty - year - old man to the surroundings is definitely different from those of the people in their forties or twenties. Things that use to be exciting or inspiring twenty years ago, now, seem to have no power to force my heart to pound as hard.