BRINGING ART TO THE STREETS: ARTIST FEATURE WITH RUKKIT
A SOCIETY’s featured artist is Rukkit Satapornvajana, a graphic designer and street artist. His works adorn museums, exhibitions, buildings, malls across the world from Seoul to Dubai and everywhere in-between. His collaborations include brands like Nike, Swatch, Samsung, Onitsuka Tiger and Toyota to shopping centers like Siam Center and Central World mall in Bangkok. We sat down with him to find out a little bit more about his background and what his creative process is like.
Tell us about yourself.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Chulalongkorn University. I first got my start with street painting in 2011 using applied stencil, which I liked to do in a colorful and geometric style.
How did you get into art?
I got started in street art when P7 Senior Street Artist invited me to join the Wall Paintings at the BACC (Bangkok Art Culture Center). That was the first mural I ever painted.
Is there a building or location that you would love to paint a mural on?
Honestly, any good wall is ok with me.
Your murals usually feature animals. Tell us about your inspiration behind your work.
Yes, I like animals and I think when people see animals in a mural in a big concrete city, it softens how they feel and makes them think of nature.
How do you decide what animal you’re going to paint for each project? How do you start a new project?
I have to see the space of the wall first and think about what kind of animal will be a good fit on this wall. I also like to do a lot of research about local animals first.
Do you have a favourite animal you like to paint? Why?
I love all animals, I really do. But one type of animal I do a lot of is birds. Maybe it’s because they have so many different types and scales.
As a street artist, how do you feel when your work gets painted over?
It’s ok. I just let it be. If it doesn’t have someone cover it, it’s natural for it to change over time anyway.
What’s been your biggest or most challenging project to date? Why? Did you learn anything from it?
My biggest challenge was at The Wallriors in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan in 2016. I can’t remember what the size of it was but I was painting for 10 days. I learned a lot about effort and patience from it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from graphic design works, typography, and experience.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing instead?
I’d probably go back to being a graphic designer.
Do you have any advice for young artists?
Learn by doing and take the time for the thing you love.
Can you tell us about what project you’re working on or have coming up?
Nothing this year, but next year I’m collaborating with sandals and a cosmetic brand, and I always hope to paint more big walls.