Always debonair, Kamui Lim is an accomplished and award-winning Thai artist and designer. From creating prints for luxurious apparel, home décor and soft furnishings, to painting fine artworks and murals with mythical and surreal motifs, he’s an expert at conjuring up contemporary Thai classical style.
This distinctive combination of influences comes from Kamui’s upbringing in rural Thailand and education at the Poh-Chang Academy of Art, established in 1913 by King Vajiravudh, to ensure the preservation of traditional Thai heritage in fine arts and crafts.
With a desire to preserve traditional Thai arts and craft, philosophy and spirituality, Kamui’s paintings feature all manner of creatures. From dragons to dragonflies, his works are a reflection of his deep introspection and love of the natural and supernatural worlds.
Here he discusses his art as well as his life in Bangkok – offering tourists some unique recommendations.
How did your love affair with the arts begin?
From age four or five, I was always drawing. I grew up outside of Bangkok, and I’ve always had a strong affinity with nature and a love for animals. My aunt was very good at drawing, and I took queues from her. My mother bought me pencils, and I spent so much time drawing, it filled my heart. I moved into Bangkok for university, where I studied at the Poh-Chang Academy of Art, which brought me to combine classical elements and finesse with my imagination and style.