Born in 1972, Sunti grew up on a small farm with his parents and five elder siblings in Chumpuang, Nakhon Ratchasima, a humble village in North-eastern Thailand. Sunti’s mother, Tongpoonsi, worked as a seamstress while his father, Chan, taught Thai language and managed the local elementary school. As early as age four, Sunti contributed to the family income, lending a hand in harvesting and selling fruits, vegetables, and sugarcane, and recycled bottles and cans for pocket change.
Aspiring to become an artist since childhood, Sunti would sneak charcoal into his bedroom and draw pictures on his walls, making sure to wash them clean before his father returned from work. Evidently, his mischief paid off, as he began winning annual art contests and became regionally recognized for his innate talent by the time Sunti turned seven. Popular amongst his peers, the children of Chumpuang were enthralled by Sunti’s ability to create figurines from the clay of the local rivers, and regularly offered him one or two baht for a toy.
As an adolescent, Sunti attended Rajamangala Institute of Technology Isan, specializing in fine arts and studying sculpture. By age 16, Sunti was self-employed, beginning as a painter of temple murals, and was often hired by his art teachers to assist with projects. However, with his sights set on university, Sunti sought further employment with sculpture company, Dang Gumpon, and began saving his daily wages of $3.15, to attend Pho Chang University when he was 21.
In 1994, Sunti graduated from Rajamangala University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and opened his first painting gallery at The Mall Ngamwongwan in Bangkok. Being a gifted young artist in a culture that grants respect only to seniors, Sunti worked laboriously to be afforded a chance to create sculptures.
Today, over a decade later, Sunti is known as “Amazing One” throughout the Siamese Kingdom for his ability to fashion life out of clay, clearly emulating, as they say, the work of an alchemist. Having introduced hyper-realism to the medium of bronze, Sunti’s commemorative sculptures allow viewers to relive history through his stately, original presentation merging impressionism, realism, and hyper-realism.
Sunti has appeared on over 60 television shows featured in Thailand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, including UBC, CNN World, and America’s TODAY Show, and his talent has been publicized in hundreds of magazines and newspaper issues worldwide. Undeniably, with commissions from Laos, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Japan, Canada, and the United States, Sunti’s artwork is internationally recognized for having enhanced and revolutionized the realm of realistic art. Indeed, with his vision global, Sunti creates and exhibits his work in North America as well as in Asia. His collections, Legends of the Americas and Legends of the World, demonstrate Sunti’s forte in capturing life and spirit in his work by way of the old masters.