Born in Chiang Rai in 1939, Thawan studied art in Bangkok and Amsterdam. His early work caused outrage amongst some people in Thailand who accused him of disrespecting Buddhism. Fortunately, not everybody held the same view and Thawan’s art received plaudits from influential figures in Thai society. The Chiang Rai artist’s work was subsequently showcased all over Thailand and around the world.
Baan Dam in Chiang Rai remained open today to allow visitors to pay their respects and continue to enjoy his unique artistic legacy.
photo of artist at work from Thawan Duchanee’s Facebook page