Silawit Poolsawat


Silawit Poolsawat

Born on : 28 septembre 1972
Nationality : Thaï
Education : Bachelor of Fine Arts (dominante peinture)
University of Decorative Arts, Applicated Arts Major
University Silpakorn, Bangkok, Thailand



1993 : End year Exhibit, University of Decorative Arts, Applicated Arts Major, University Silpakorn, Bangkok, Thaïland

2004 : “GLASS”, Sculpture Exhibit, Plankton, Jatujak, Bangkok, Thaïland

2006 : “Human”, Sculpture Exhibit, Art de Queer, Jatujak, Bangkok, Thaïland

2007 : “Change”, Exhibit, Galerie Hof-Art , Bangkok, Thaïland

2008 : “Sexy Fatty”, Exhibit, Grand7, Jatujak, Bangkok, Thaïland

2009 : “Aesthetics of Body”, Common Exhibit, Silom Galleria, Bangkok, Thaïland

2010 : “The Great King”, Exposition, Grand7, Jatujak, Bangkok, Thaïland

2011 : Private Exhibit, Private Gallery, Monaco, Monaco,

2011 : Salon Art3G, Salon d’Art (27.000 attending), Palais des Expositions, Nice, France

2012 : Salon Art Madrid, Salon d’Art (38.000 attending), Pabellón de Cristal of the Casa de Campo park, Madrid, Spain

2014 : Salon Eurantica, Salon d’Art (47.000 attending), Palais des Expositions, Bruxelles, Belgium

2015 : “Expressions urbaines”, Exhibition of Modern Art, Institut culturel Magrez, Château Labottière, Bordeaux, France



The Artist

Silawit Poolsawat was born in the province of Nakorn, Srithommarat  in the very south of Thailand. As the twenty-year old student of prestigious fine arts university Slipakorn in Bangkok, learns the science of proportions and there acknowledges a graphic style that goes outside of the box, concentrated more on emotions than on the details, opposite of traditional Thai art

The art of Portrait

Originally holding a political or ritual symbolism in antic civilizations (Persians, Egyptians or Greco -romans) art of portrait since then went through huge diversification mainly thanks to changes that took place in modern Europe (15th century to 18th)with growth of demands of portraits ordered by wealthy families. The principals of humanists in Renaissance helped to this growth, putting MAN and his portrait in the first plan. More than just fragment of the past or an official picture part-in Renaissance truly is a credo for the artist offering his own view and personalityin his work, focusing on expressing emotions on the face of the subjects. In 19th and 20th century art of the portrait emancipated from rules of the past, discovering new technics but also a new, more intimate way of working, liberated from it’s mimic function. The growing influence of photography was also a major game-changer, as the first “daguerréotypes” also emerged as a potential danger for the art of portrait.

Why are we still painting the portraits nowadays? Just like Silawit Poolsawat numerous thai artists were studying within the University of Fine Arts of Slipakorn. This university was established in 1943 by Corrado Feroci, Italian sculptor, empowered by government, provided an education in the field of art history to this prestigious occidental university and thai artists. Students practice different techniques of painting considered as “traditional” in Europe (conventional impressionists, expressionists, abstracts)

Arduous, for young students to show their own sensibility , while all the genres, narrations and descriptions, figurative and abstract were already improved and explored. That’s why artists, such as Po (diminutive of Silawit Poolsawat) take an asian inspiration to give whole new dimension to the art of portrait. His well-known objective is to renew the art of the portrait which he achieves by doing this and that to express the personality of model, absence of unnecessary detail and an attention in expressing emotions that are ephemers and intense, singular and universal.


During his wandering in the nights of Bangkok, Silawit gets his inspiration from things he sees and witnesses. His model are mostly women and kids whose expressions touched him deeply and whose he wanted to photograph. Usage of the acrylic allows him to find a way to express presence and spontaneity, capturing the model’s expression that lays deeply in his memory. In his portraits, Po offers to spectators view on his life and his striking vision.


Silawit is a creator of innumerable portraits, principally those of women. In them, in their faces is where he finds the biggest ability to see an expression, feeling, real sensibility.In order to offer new approach to the art of portrait, he combines his natural intuition as an artist with occidental influenced style.