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Sawai Chinnawong


Genesis 7:13
Sawai Chinnawong of Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, was the 2003 - 2004 Paul T. Lauby Artist in Residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center. An ethnic Mon whose Buddhist ancestors migrated to Thailand from Myanmar, Mr. Chinnawong committed his life to Christ while in his twenties. Today he is a member of the United Church of Christ of Thailand. His artistry has been published by the Asian Christian Art Association, Indonesia, and the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, Hong Kong. He is known for portraying Christianity through a Thai graphic idiom, which was inspired by the traditional art from central Thailand. His drawings and paintings reflect a deep Christian faith.
"My work represents influences from many styles...I believe Jesus Christ is present in every culture, and I have chosen to celebrate his presence in our lives through Thai traditional cultural forms. My belief is that Jesus did not choose just one people to hear his Word, but chose to make his home in every human heart. And just as his Word may be spoken in every language, so the visual message can be shared in the beauty of the many styles of artistry around the world."