Prateep Kochabua (ประทีป คชบัว) is a surrealist artist originally from Bangkok, Thailand. He studied for a Bachelors degree in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Silpakorn University, and later worked as an art director in an advertising agency from 1984 to 1992. In 1995 he had his first solo exhibition at the Bangkok National Gallery.
The Thai Museum of Contemporary Art published its first book “Destiny to Imagination” documenting Prateep Kochabua’s surrealist paintings and inspirations. The Bangkok-based Australian art critic Andrew J West provided the text for the 176-page, fully illustrated collector’s book. The was printed for the exhibition of the same title.
Prateep has artworks in the collection of Bangkok billionaire, Boonchai Bancharongkul.
The artist credits his days working in the advertising agency for instilling a sense of discipline, logic and the ability to plan. His regimen is to create 12 new paintings a year. “Every January I sketch out all 12 pieces “to boost my energy and excitement”.