Nattapong Kampungaun, also known as KITTO, graduated from Fine Art, at Chiang Mai University. After completing his studies, he worked in the field of illustration for two years before deciding to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. His intention after graduation was to become a university professor. However, KITTO was diagnosed with cancer before finishing his studies. He had to confront fear, death, and his own desires. The experiences he went through taught him that there is no certainty in this world. This realization led him to make the decision to do what he wanted to do the most before running out of time, which was creating art and being accepted in society.
Throughout this journey, KITTO remained determined to create his artwork. Even though cancer resurfaced, he continued to create as long as he had the strength and opportunity. His artworks often reflect his identity, and the beauty of sadness, and serve as a medium for his emotions. When people view KITTO’s artworks, it’s not just about appreciating his skills and various details in the pieces. The emotions portrayed in the artworks are like a pause, a moment of stillness where one can silently observe nature. It’s not about feeling happy, but rather a subtle and unspoken feeling, as if being in one’s own space. We can feel sadness and shed tears. KITTO’s artworks convey a beautiful sadness and his intention is to “create a special moment, a visual work that speaks to the eyes and communicates with the heart, hoping that someone will understand the beauty and the meaning I want to convey,” as KITTO said. He believes that art can communicate back and help heal his own soul.
The beginning of his drawing journey was similar to an ordinary childhood life. KITTO had a fondness for Japanese cartoons. However, he started studying and experimenting continuously, adapting his style based on his experiences. This process led to a distinctive technique that made his artworks unique. KITTO pays attention to every detail, controlling the distribution of colors on the paper and the stitching of each line with precision. This requires viewers to stand closer to observe every detail he intended to create.