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Virat Rungpayak

Thai artist graduate from Silpakorn University of Thailand. Virat quit his agency and producer line for painting to start painting in 1993.

Virat (nickname “Meung”) paints large portraits of obese men whose naked upper bodies are covered in spiritual tattoos. Yantra tattooing originated in Cambodia with the use of ancient Khmer script writing. During the Khmer empire all the Khmer Warriors were covered up with tattoos from head to toe, including their chest, arms and even fingers. King Jayavarman VII, tested this out with his own body, being struck by arrows, all hits bounced off his chest. Proof was written in the diary of Zhou Daguan. Chinese chronicles describe yantra tattooing among the Thai cultures of southwestern China and northwestern Vietnam at least 2000 years ago. Over the centuries the tradition spread to what is now Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and parts of Myanmar. Today it is most popular in Thailand, whereas in Cambodia and Laos the tradition has almost completely vanished.

In Virat’s work, men are often accompanied by young children or babies, and the works are studies in contrasts: The huge man with a tiny baby, or rough brushstrokes even scratches using the wooden end of the brush set against fine and smooth detail. The pieces have titles such as Kindness, Sacrifice, Virtuous Man or Meaning, and the works can be interpreted as explorations of the meanings of human existence, human bondage, fate and spirituality. Virat got an excellent reputation in China where his paintings are adored by art collectors.

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Artwork features

  • Acrylic, Pencil, Charcoal on canvas
  • 130X170 cm
  • 2014
  • Thailand Paintings For Sale

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