Thailand's National Artist of the year 2009. Preecha Thaothong was born in 1948, Bangkok. Selected to be Thailand's National Artist in 2009.Received B.F.A. (Painting), Silpakorn University, Bangkok, M.F.A. (Painting), Silpakorn University, Bangkok and Diploma of Drawing, Academy Bella Arte, Rome, Italy. 2000-2003 he was a Dean of The Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Present, serves as Assistant Professor of Thai Art Department of Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok.
Preecha finds inspiration in the region's glorious history. He was one of the seven leading national artists selected to create paintings for "Mahajanaka", a book penned by His Majesty the King, who himself is a very knowledgeable and versatile artist whether it be in painting, sculpture or photography. More recently Preecha has worked for Thai Airways International (THAI) as its chief artistic consultant for the national flag-carrier's multibillion-baht head-office and hotel projects at the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Preecha has exhibited widely in Asia, Europe and America.