Panya Vijinthanasarn was born and raised in Prachuap Khiri Khan and was named National Artist of Thailand in 2014. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Art from Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, before being awarded a British Council scholarship to attend the Slade School of Fine Arts, University of London in the United Kingdom, where he earned a Certificate of Printmaking.
Among his many notable works is mural painting at the Buddhapadipa Temple in London, a 3.2 x 8 m painting displayed at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan, mural painting at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport where the entrance gate is also his design, and illustrations for His Majesty King Rama IX’s book ‘The Story of Mahajanaka.’
Panya works on numerous projects for various organizations in addition to being the former Dean of Silapakorn University’s Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts. He also serves on the advisory board for the 1st and 2nd Thailand Biennale, and he curates an exhibition as part of Thailand Biennale Korat 2021 at the Pimarntip International Pavilion. Despite his many managerial responsibilities, he never stopped creating art. His most recent work was selected as one of the artists representing Thailand at the 58th Venice Biennale in Italy.
He strongly believes that art can truly reach the human mind. As a result, art is of universal interest to humanity.