Chahn Sutarapong graduated from Chung Ling High School in Penang Malaysia, while studying art under two well-known Malaysian artists; one of whom is Chua Thien Teng, a well-known batik painter and one of Malaysia’s foremost contemporary art gurus. He also took correspondence courses offered by the Washington School of Art and the British Institute of Careers.
Chahn began his career as an artist in advertising agencies as visualizer/illustrator prior to joining the Bangkok Post’s creative department 1974. After over 20 years of service, he left the Post in 1995, to pursue his painting full time. Moreover, he used to teach art at the Japanese Association Art Class in Thailand for quite some years.
Occasionally, Chahn paints portrait and nude, but most of his time is reserved for his more laborious landscape painting. Over 10 of Chahn’s painting have been bought by the Oriental Hotel, to decorate the hotel’s Royal Suite. Another 20 or so of his paintings have been acquired by Samaggi Insurance to hang in the interior of their new offices.Phillips also acquired some of Chahn’s painting to be used in their 1989 calendar. Around 30 will be on display.