Chatchai Puipia (born 1964) received his B.F.A. in painting from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts at Silpakorn University; since 1985 he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Thailand and has received a number of prizes and awards in national art competitions. While the relationship between fire and water is explored in much of his work, his recent large self-portraits indicate a shift toward his inner conscience. He currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand.
Chatchai Puipia exhibits three provocative works, Toe-Sucking is Best (1994), Mae Chow Woi! (1994), and Something Smells Around Here (1994), all paintings that reflect Puipia’s frustration and anguish at aspects of Thailand’s newly industrializing society, focusing on a materialism which is leading to fake happiness and demeaning superficiality
I enjoy how the background and the face relate to one another with the portrait emerging from the collage. It really works together to create a cohesive image. The figure is so provoking and beautifully painted. The distorted proportions and awkward position creates and interesting visual psychology.