National Artist (Thailand)

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National Artist
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Awarded forExceptional contribution to the arts of Thailand
Presented byOffice of the National Culture Commission
First awarded1985

The National Artist (Thai: ศิลปินแห่งชาติ, RTGSSinlapin Haeng Chat, IPA: [sǐn láʔ pin hɛ̀ːŋ tɕʰâːt]) is a title given annually by the Office of the National Culture Commission of Thailand, recognizing notable Thai artists in the area of intangible cultural heritage such as literature, fine arts, visual arts, applied arts (architecture, design) and performing arts (Thai dance, international dance, puppetry, shadow play, Thai music, international music, drama and film).[1]

Since 1985, the honors have been presented on February 24, "National Artist Day" in Thailand.[1] The date was chosen because it is the birth date of Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, or King Rama II, who was an artist himself. In 1986, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, an accomplished musician, photographer and painter, was named "Supreme Artist."

National Artists receive a monthly salary of 12,000 baht as well as health benefits, 15,000 baht towards funeral expenses and 120,000 baht for a memorial biography.[2][3]

The pieces of work perceived of being on the highest level are exhibited in the Supreme Artist Hall.[1]

List of Thailand National Artists[edit]


Year Name Discipline Notes
1985 Kukrit Pramoj Literature
1985 Montri Tramote Performing art (Thai music)
1985 Paew Snitwongseni Performing art (Thai dance)
1985 Fua Haripitak Fine art, Visual art
1986 Kanha Kiengsiri Literature
1986 Ob Chiyavasu Literature
1986 Kan Thonglaw Performing art (Thai dance)
1986 Chalerm Buatang Performing art (Thai music)
1986 Chusri Sakunkaew Performing art (Thai dance)
1986 Tuam Prasidhikul Performing art (Thai music)
1986 Tongmak Chandulue Performing art (Thai dance)
1986 Thonglaw Tamleytong Performing art (Thai music)
1986 Plueng Chairasami Performing art (Thai dance)
1986 Puangroi Abhaiwongsa Performing art (International music)
1986 Paitoon Kittiwan Performing art (Thai music)
1986 Rongpakdee Jarujarana Performing art (Thai dance)
1986 Kumma Saeng-ngarm Fine art, Visual art
1986 Paitoon Muangsomboon Fine art, Visual art
1986 Prasong Patamanuj Fine art, Visual art
1986 Saengda Bannasit Fine art, Visual art
1986 Heng Sopapong Fine art, Visual art
1986 Sompop Pirom Applied art
1987 Pin Malakul Literature
1987 Jaroenjai Suntornwatin Performing art (Thai music)
1987 Chaloey Sukavanis Performing art (Thai dance)
1987 Chin Silapabanleng Performing art (Thai music)
1987 Chailanka Kruasen Performing art (Thai music)
1987 Yok Choobua Performing art (Thai dance)
1987 Vichit Kounavudhi Performing art (Movie and drama)
1987 Chit Rianpracha Visual art
1987 Payom Sinawat Fine art, Visual art
1987 Mod Wongsawad Fine art, Visual art
1987 Mitrarun Kasemsri Visual art, Applied art
1988 Sukanya Cholasuks Literature
1988 Kree Worasarin Performing art (Thai dance)
1988 Jamriang Budpradub Performing art (Thai dance)
1988 Seri Wangnaidharm Performing art (Thai dance)
1988 Prasidhi Thavorn Performing art (Thai music)
1988 Boonyong Katekong Performing art (Thai music)
1988 Samarn Karnjanaphalin Performing art (International music)
1988 Sa-nga Arampir Performing art (International music)
1988 Wangdee Nima Performing art (Thai dance)
1988 Chalerm Nakeerak Fine art, Visual art
1988 Poon Kesjamras Fine art, Visual art
1988 Piman Moonpramook Fine art, Visual art
1989 Angkarn Kalayanapong Literature
1989 Yat Changthong Performing art (Thai dance)
1989 Pravet Kumut Performing art (Thai music)
1989 Prasit Phayomyong Performing art (International music)
1989 Sherry Savettanan Performing art (International music)
1989 Chin Oramut Performing art (Thai dance)
1989 Sanit Ditthapan Fine art, Visual art
1989 Praves Limparangsi Visual art, Applied art


Year Name Discipline Notes
1990 Sakchai Bumrungpong Literature
1990 Buaphan Chansri Performing art (Thai dance)
1990 Somchai Asanachinda Performing art (Movie and drama)
1990 Suthep Wongkamhaeng Performing art (International music)
1990 Suwannee Chalanukhro Performing art (Thai dance)
1990 Tavee Nanthakwang Fine art, Visual art
1991 Suwat Woradilok Literature
1991 Ajin Panapan Literature
1991 Sawasdi Tantisuk Fine art, Visual art
1991 Ken Dalau Performing art (Thai dance)
1991 Boonyang Katekong Performing art (Thai dance)
1991 Payong Mukda Performing art (International music)
1991 Pensri Poomchoosri Performing art (International music)
1992 Khamsing Srinawk Literature
1992 Songchart Chuensiri Performing art (Thai dance)
1992 Tuen Patayakul Performing art (Thai music)
1992 Manratana Srigranont Performing art (International music)
1992 Pongsri Woranuch Performing art (International music)
1992 Juliam Gingthong Performing art (Thai dance)
1992 Kam Gawai Performing art (Thai dance)
1992 Prayoon Uluchata Fine art, Visual art
1993 Prakhin Xumsai Na Ayudhya Literature
1993 Naowarat Pongpaiboon Literature
1993 Jamnian Srithaipan Performing art (Thai music)
1993 Chalee Intharawijit Performing art (Movie and drama)
1993 Sudchit Anantakul Performing art (Thai music)
1993 Khader Verdeng Performing art (Thai dance)
1993 Chaweewan Phanthu Performing art (Thai music)
1993 Pinit Suwanaboon Fine art, Visual art
1993 Usni Pramoj Performing art (International music)
1993 Prayoon Yomyiem Performing art (Thai dance)
1993 Pinyo Suwankiri Visual art, Applied art
1994 Usni Pramoj Performing art (International music)
1994 Prayoon Yomyiam Performing art (Thai dance)
1994 Pinyo Suwankiri Visual art, Applied art
1995 Rong Wongsa-vun Literature
1995 Thaweep Voradiloke Literature
1995 Khamphai Nuping Performing art (Thai dance)
1995 Jang Klayseethong Performing art (Thai music)
1995 Pruang Chuenprayoth Performing art (International music)
1995 Somsian Phantong Performing art (Thai music)
1995 Soi Damjam Performing art (Thai music)
1995 Sawong Supsamruay Performing art (Movie and drama)
1995 Amnuey Neramit Performing art (Movie and drama)
1995 Chitt Chongmankhong Fine art, Visual art
1996 Srifa Mahawan Literature
1996 Anusorn Mongkolkarn Performing art (Movie and drama)
1996 Somkuan Krachangsart Performing art (Movie and drama)
1996 Ruangthong Thongluntom Performing art (International music)
1996 Kliew Setkit Performing art (Thai dance)
1996 Boonlert Nartpinit Performing art (Thai dance)
1996 Sakorn Yaungkhieosod Performing art (Thai dance)
1996 Chansom Saithara Performing art (Thai music)
1996 Yai Wisetpolklang Performing art (Thai music)
1996 Chumraung Vichienket Fine art, Visual art
1997 Chatchai Visessuwanpoom Literature
1997 Sompong Pongmitr Performing art (Movie and drama)
1997 Malaiwal Boonyaratawej Performing art (International music)
1997 Pinit Chaisuwan Performing art (Thai music)
1997 Surapol Tonawanik Performing art (International music)
1997 Thongbai Ruangnont Performing art (Thai dance)
1997 Waipote Sakulnee Performing art (International music)
1997 Boonpeng Phaiphiewchai Performing art (Thai dance)
1997 Im Chitphakdee Performing art (Thai dance)
1997 Kamol Tasananchalee Fine art, Visual art
1998 Vasit Dejkunjorn Literature
1998 Churee Osiri Performing art (Movie and drama)
1998 Bencharong Thanakoset Performing art (Thai music)
1998 Prasidh Silpabanleng Performing art (International music)
1998 Siriwat Ditsayanand Performing art (Thai dance)
1998 Chaichana Boonnachot Performing art (International music)
1998 Charin Nandanagara Performing art (International music)
1998 Piyaphan Snitwongse Performing art (International music)
1998 Khraukaew Na Chiang Mai Performing art (Thai dance)
1998 Chalood Nimsamer Fine art, Visual art
1998 Prayat Pongdam Fine art, Visual art
1998 Arvuth Ngernchuglin Visual art
1998 Sumeth Jumsai Na Ayudhaya Applied art
1999 Supha Sirisingha Literature
1999 Thae Prakas-vudhisarn Performing art (Movie and drama)
1999 Marasi Isranggura Na Ayutthaya Performing art (Movie and drama)
1999 Cheu Dontriros Performing art (Thai music)
1999 Somphan Chotana Performing art (Thai dance)
1999 Samphan Phan-manee Performing art (Thai dance)
1999 Somnuke Thongma Performing art (International music)
1999 Chin Faithes Performing art (International music)
1999 Manit Phu-Aree Fine art, Visual art
1999 Damrong Wongse-Upparaj Fine art, Visual art
1999 Inson Wongsam Fine art, Visual art


Year Name Discipline Notes
2000 Ussiri Dhammachote Literature
2000 Mongkol Seangsawang Performing art (Thai music)
2000 Chakrabhand Posayakrit Fine art, Visual art
2000 Ruetai Jaijongrak Applied art
2001 Kumpoon Boontawee Literature
2001 Chatrichalerm Yukol Performing art (Movie and drama)
2001 Thawan Duchanee Fine art, Visual art
2001 Pradith Yuvapukka Visual art, Applied art
2002 Sujit Wongthes Literature
2002 Chiras Ardnarong Performing art (Thai music)
2002 Prakit Buabusaya Fine art, Visual art
2002 Nithi Sathapitanon Applied art
2003 Karuna Kusiralai Literature
2003 Prom Bunrit Performing art (Thai dance)
2003 Pichai Niran Fine art, Visual art
2003 Wanida Puangsunthorn Visual art, Applied art[4]
2004 Vinita Diteeyont Literature
2004 Chart Kobjitti Literature
2004 Rakop Pothiwes Performing art (Thai dance)
2004 Chintana Palkawong Na Ayudhya Performing art (International music)
2004 Pairat Sungwaributr Performing art (Movie and drama)
2004 Piboon Musikpodok Fine art, Visual art
2004 Sant Sarakornborirak Fine art, Visual art
2004 Jullatat Kitibud Visual art, Applied art
2005 Prayom Songthong Literature
2005 Sathaporn Srisatjang Literature
2005 Pratuang Emjaroen Fine art
2005 Tawee Rujaneekorn Fine art
2005 Chalard Songserm Performing art
2005 Wichian Khamcharoen Performing art Died in 2016; a.k.a. Lop Burirat[5]
2005 Suphachai Jansuwan Performing art
2005 Manop Yarana Performing art
2005 Samran Kerdpon Performing art[2]
2006 Manee Payomyong Literature
2006 Rawee Pawilai Literature
2006 Kiettisak Chanonnart Visual art
2006 Nonthiwan Chantanaphalin Visual art
2006 Decha Boonkham Applied art
2006 Somthavil Urassayanan Applied art
2006 Kiettipong Kanchanaphee Performing art (international music)
2006 Kalong Peunghongkham Performing art (Thai music)
2006 Suchart Subsin Performing art (Thai dance)[3]
2007 Decha Warachun Visual art
2007 Yanyong Olarachin Visual art
2007 Kritsada Arunwong na Ayutthaya Visual art
2007 Charn Buabangsorn Performing art (Thai music)
2007 Nakarin Chathong Performing art
2007 Kovit Anakechai Literature
2008 Adul Jantrasak Literature
2008 Ithipol Thangchalok Fine arts
2008 Thanadsri Sawadiwat Performing arts
2008 Sorapong Chatree Performing arts
2008 Prasit Pinkaew Performing arts
2008 Viraphan Voklang Performing arts
2008 Siri Witchawet Performing arts[6]
2009 Preecha Thaothong Visual arts (painting)
2009 Ong-art Satraphan Visual arts (contemporary architecture)
2009 Penphan Sithitrai Visual arts (carving)
2009 Woranan Chatchawaltipakorn Visual arts (photography)
2009 Seksan Prasertkul Literature
2009 Jatuporn Rattanawaraha Performing arts (dramatic arts – khon)
2009 Uthai Kaewla-iad Performing arts (Thai music)
2009 Manthana Morakul Performing arts (Thai music – singing)
2009 Prayong Chuenyen Performing arts (Thai music – composition) [7]


Year Name Discipline Notes
2010 Thongchai Rakpathum Visual arts (painting)
2010 Phao Suwansaksri Visual arts (Thai architecture)
2010 Pranom Tapang Visual arts (traditional weaving)
2010 Sombat Plainoi Literature (short story)
2010 Surachai Chantimatorn Literature (short story, non-fiction, poetry)
2010 Kuan Tuanyok Performing arts (Thai music)
2010 Choochart Pitaksakorn Performing arts (international music)
2010 Pissamai Vilaisak Performing arts (movie and drama)
2010 Suprawat Pattamasoot Performing arts (movie and drama director and performer) [8]
2011 Chaloemchai Khositphiphat Visual arts (painting)
2011 Mathar Bunnag Applied arts (architecture)
2011 Tongreung Eamaot Visual arts (sculpture)
2011 Ratna Phuangprayong Performing arts (Thai dance)
2011 Nakhon Thanomsap Performing arts (international and Thai music)
2011 Setha Sirichaya Performing arts (international and Thai music)
2011 Sodsai Pantoomkomol Performing arts (drama)
2011 Prabhassorn Sevikul Literature
2011 Suchart Sawasdsri Literature
2012 Thatsani Khun Thong Performing arts (Thai music and dance)
2012 Khlaonoi Rotchanamethakun Performing arts (Film and drama)
2012 Phan Tho Wichit Performing arts (international music)
2012 Sano Luangsunthon Performing arts (Thai music)
2012 Manat Pitisan Performing arts (international music)
2012 Somsuan Phromsawang Performing arts (Thai music)
2012 Dokdin Kanyamarn Performing arts (film)
2012 Buason Thanombun Performing arts (Thai music and dance)
2012 Makut Araruedi Literature
2012 Wimon Siriphaibun Literature
2012 Nongchanai Parinyathawat Literature
2012 Aree Suttiphan Visual arts (painting)
2012 Wichok Mukdamni Visual arts (mixed media)
2012 Satsatrachan Khemrat Visual arts (sculpture)
2013 Chaloem Muangphraesi Performing arts (Thai music)
2013 Chalong Pakdeevijit [9] Performing arts (film & television - director & executive producer) [10]
2013 Yuenyong Opakul Performing arts (international and Thai music)
2013 Nitya Rakkaen Performing arts (Thai music)
2013 Charoen Malarot Literature
2013 Win Lyovarin Literature
2013 Ramphaiphan Suwannasan Literature
2013 Thiraphon Niyom Applied arts (architecture)
2013 Chuang Munphinit Visual arts (painting)
2014 Patravadi Mejudhon Performing arts (drama)
2014 Sa-ard Piempongsarn Performing arts (film)
2014 Pongsak Chantarukha Performing arts (Thai music)
2014 Sirichaichan Fakjamroon Performing arts (Thai music)
2014 Dusadee Banomyong Boontasanakul Performing arts (international music)
2014 Narong Janpoom Performing arts (puppetry)
2014 Panya Vijinthanasarn Visual arts (sculpture)
2014 Chavalit Sermprungsum Visual arts (painting)
2014 Chamaiporn Bangkombang Literature
2014 Nit Hincheeranant Applied arts (architecture)
2014 Charoon Angsavanont Applied arts (interior design)
2014 Boonchuey Hiranwit Applied arts (silversmithing)

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