“My name is Santhan Limpaiboon. My nick name is Ek. I was born in Chiang Rai province on March 4, 1974. I have 2 older sisters and one of them married an artist. My parents used to teach in a private school. After a few years, my father resigned and we moved to Chiang Mai, where he got a job painting signs in Night Plaza. My mother got a teaching job in a private school.
“My father had such a beautiful handwriting! Every character, every word he wrote on the posters or signs were so beautiful. I found his amazing and wanted to develop that special ability myself. So I started drawing too. At about 10 years old, I could draw cartoons quite well. It was encouraging so I kept practicing.
“When I studied in high school I selected art for my major. I got to meet a few older students who were studying in the Fine Art Faculty of Chiang Mai University. We hung out, became friends and I learned more techniques with them. At the university, I enrolled in the Fine Art Faculty, but failed the entrance examination. I tried again the next year but still did not pass.
“I felt a bit sad, but it was not the end of the world. So I enrolled in the Teachers College, majoring in physical education. I selected this field and passed the exam thanks to my ability in sports. I ended up representing the school for the northern region in both football and weight lifting. I even got a silver medal in a nationwide weight lifting competition.
“After I got my bachelor degree I did not really know what I wanted. Like so many young people, I was still looking for myself. I also did not have much time, and by then my artistic aspirations had practically vanished. I wandered and somehow worked as a broker in a trust company. I got laid off two years later because of the economic crisis.
“I then worked as a teacher in a school located in the small town of Mae Jam. But after a few years, I found out that the government office who handled the teachers’ payroll had not done a good job. It irritated me so I resigned. After that I worked in a Thai cooking school for a year. There were so many competitors and our small school could not compete with the bigger ones. So the school was out of business at the end of the year I spent with them.
“I move to Bangkok and landed a job in an antique shop. There were so many art objects, so many beautiful pieces. It was enlightening as I realized it was something that had been missing from my life for more than a decade. I worked there for 4 years and used my spare time to study painting with my brother in law. I learned so many skills and techniques from him.
“I knew it was what I liked and felt delighted about it. I really started to focus mainly on my painting. The year was 2006. I am very happy to be back on the right track. Art gets me to do and experience many good things. There are many things to learn about art and life. I still need to study and improve myself more and more.
“I always enjoy observing my surrounding. People, religions, animals, cats, dogs and everything around always keeps me amazed. One might say that I am sensitive and playful but I found that the things surrounding us have an aura. Whether they are people, animals or just objects, they have feelings, which they want to share with us. You can feel it when you really pay attention to them.
“Creating art is just like going back home to spend time with my mother. The way I deeply feel about art is just like when my mother hugs me. It is a loving, warm and safe feeling. The most important thing is that it makes me feel very happy.”
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