My name is Ong Siraphisut (born 1979), also know as Pisithpong Siraphisut (พิสิฐพงศ์ สิระพิศุทธิ์). I am a multidisciplinary artist who works with a range of media.
I was born in Chiang Mai, the northern capital of Thailand. I studied in the science program at Prince Royal’s College before attending the visual art program at Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. I received a Bachelor of Arts after 7 years of struggling with the conservative art teaching approaches from the teachers.
A few years after graduation, in 2006, I founded ComPeung, the first independent artist residency program in Thailand. Since then I have worked with hundreds of artists from a vast variety of disciplines, ages, genders, backgrounds, and from every continent. These artists stayed and worked with me at ComPeung for a few days to over a few months. Some had come back several times.
I love to explore the world widely and wildly. Over the past 20 years I traveled to over 20 countries in Asia, North America, and South America.
These experiences have expanded and shaped my art practice to explore the way we think, live and relate to each other as human beings.
Recently, after more than a decade of running the residency program in Thailand and supporting other artists, I felt I needed to create more art myself. Once my son was born last year, my wife and I decided to move to Upstate New York to raise our new family and begin my new chapter in art.