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Life & Work with Emon Surakitkoson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emon Surakitkoson.

Hi Emon, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I was born in Thailand and emigrated to the United States when I was 19 years old. I was always interested in the arts, but it wasn’t until 2018 that I began experimenting with painting and mixed media and selling my work. In 2020, I left my job in the hospitality industry to work as a full-time artist.

Since then, I’ve exhibited my work around the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and in Canada. I’ve done projects with the Hyatt Aviara Resort, the Marriott International Headquarters, and the Kimpton Banneker Hotel. I’ve also done mural work with the international mural festival POW! WOW!

Outside of my art practice, I have produced events and markets to support local artists and makers around DC, including through partnerships with the Hilton brothers’ H2 Collective and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not as smooth as people might think. As a self-taught, immigrant artist, it took a lot of time, and challenge for me, to overcome my insecurities and to believe in myself. But I love what I do, so the process of making art was attractive and rewarding enough for me to keep going until I got here.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m an abstract artist specializing in large, bold compositions, often with sculptural elements. I do work for collectors and commercial entities, and I’m located in Washington, DC.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I switched my career, from being in hospitality to being a full-time artist, during the pandemic. That was the biggest risk I took, besides moving to the US when I was 19. My advice will be: If you are not happy at place A, then you have to get to place B. Worst case scenario is you will be unhappy again.

Life is short, do things that make you happy

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