Chalermchai is a pre-eminent Thai artist with an international reputation. He is a painter, muralist and creator of the renowned contemporary Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) in the northern city of Chiang Rai. They chatted about his work and his training in Bangkok at Silpakorn University, which was founded by an Italian-born art professor Corrado Feroci. Chalermchai’s vision to build this unconventional temple began in 1997. Chalermchai has over 100 artisans working on this project with him and estimates it will take 70 years to complete.
“I am simply a painter, who shares this world of ours, as a small unit in human society, paying my due and hoping to contribute by a small measure to the planet earth.”
“I intend to remain a painter for the cause of Buddhism until the last day of my life.”