is the major source of energy in Apichai's art. By exploring and creating new
forms and interpretations of traditional symbols, he finds a new space and
modern approach to religious practice.
adapts familiar Buddhist images, such as the Buddha's footprint, the form of
boundary stones that surround the most important building in the Thai Buddhist
temple complex, amulets and the circle of life, in ways that inspire the art
viewer to consider codes of living on the path to enlightenment. He sees great
value in Buddhist teachings, which promote wisdom and concentration, and appreciates
Thai Buddhist meditation techniques as useful tools to help us cope with the
struggles and challenges of daily life.
heightened awareness of aesthetics and balance is apparent in Apichai's creations,
which often feature gold leaf and natural materials of stone, soil and handmade
paper. He experiments with various media, including lithographs, painting and
he was a young boy, Apichai studied at a temple school and enjoyed
being near the mural paintings. In his third year of study for a
BFA at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Apichai focused on lithographs
and graduated with an MFA in 1991. He was awarded a scholarship
to Germany to study at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste
Braunschweig during 1993 to 1995 where he continued to develop his
integral member of the team of young Thai artists who painted the
Buddha Padipa Temple in London during 1987 to 1988, Apichai was also
involved in the painting of murals for the Expo Pavillion in Brisbane
1990, Apichai began a series of artworks concerning the boundary stones which
mark the building housing the most sacred Buddha image in the Thai Buddhist
temple compound. He moved onto work with the image of the Buddha's footprint
in 1991. The special atmosphere created by the candlelight in ordination halls
particularly impresses him.
Apichai, Buddhist teachings help us to recognize and understand
human nature; that in life our feelings change, emotions rise and
fall, and all things pass.