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Silpa Bhirasri

Silpa Bhirasri

Known as the “Father of modern art in Thailand”, Silpa Bhirasri graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and came to Bangkok in 1923

Famous Facts

  • His arrival in Thailand had a profound impact on the development of Thai art. He later established and taught at Silpakorn University. He created 18 monuments in Thailand which include the Democracy Monument, Victory Monument and the statue of King Rama I at Memorial Bridge
  • In recognition of his services and to protect him from arrest by the occupying Japanese army after Italy surrendered to the Allies in World War II, he was granted Thai citizenship in 1944 with help from Luang Vichit Vadakan who also gave him the Thai name Silpa Bhirasri

“Life doesn’t last but art does”

Silpa Bhirasri