Chavalit Soemprungsuk

Chavalit Soemprungsuk (Thai: ชวลิต เสริมปรุงสุข, July 30, 1939 – April 27, 2020) was a Thai painter, sculptor, and printmaker based in Thailand and the Netherlands. In 2014, Soemprungsuk was honored as a National Artist of Thailand for visual arts.[1]

BiographyEdit

Soemprungsuk was born in Khon Kaen, Thailand, located in the country's northeast Isan region, on July 30, 1939.[1] He studied at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, where he was one of the last students of the Italian-born sculptor, Silpa Bhirasri.[1] Soemprungsuk then moved to Amsterdam to enroll at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (State Academy of Fine Arts).[1]

Soemprungsuk worked in several different visual arts throughout his career, including realistic and abstract paintings and sculpture.[1] He focused on digital printing during the last ten years of his life.[1] Most recently, Soemprungsuk returned to Bangkok in the spring of 2020 for a public exhibition as part of the 80+ Art Festival Thailand.[1]

Soemprungsuk suffered from several pre-existing conditions, including heart disease and lymphoma, before he began exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 on April 10, 2020.[1] He was hospitalized at Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis [nl] (OLVG) hospital in Amsterdam on April 17, 2020.[1] Chavalit Soemprungsuk died from COVID-19 at OLVG on April 27, 2020, at the age of 80.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Famed Thai painter, artist dies of COVID-19 in Amsterdam". Coconuts Bangkok. 2020-04-28. Archived from the original on 2020-05-03. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  2. ^ "ฝากไว้เป็นสมบัติแผ่นดิน มรดกล้ำค่าจาก"ชวลิต เสริมปรุงสุข"". Thai Post. 2020-04-30. Archived from the original on 2020-05-01. Retrieved 2020-05-06.