Prawat Laucharoen was born in Thailand, studied painting at Silpakorn University and earned a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 1970.
Early in his career, he was drawn to printmaking due to challenges the art form presented him. According to Laucharoen, when he experienced setbacks in printmaking he was even more drawn in, wanting to solve those problems and experiment with different methods. Eventually Laucharoen moved from creating individual framed prints to display his artwork using what he called a “print installation,” or exhibiting each piece in relation to one another.
Beyond mastery of etching and intaglio techniques, Laucharoen expands the conventional methods in every direction, having used massive roulettes, wall-covering dimensions of paper, fire and branding irons and delivery of acid splashed against plates. His work represents more than 40 years of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and Laucharoen has exhibited internationally at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Asian American Art Institute in New York; LA Artcore in Los Angeles; Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok; and the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane among others.
Laucharoen has taught at Hunter College, Columbia Teachers College and currently at Horace Mann School. In 2010 Laucharoen began a temporary international residency program for professional printmakers to travel to New York to study.
A longtime parent and supporter of Church Street School, Laucharoen generously bequeathed a series of his prints that will be exhibited in November 2015 to benefit the school.
“The important thing in my career is the change. I was a painter, then I made prints, then the prints became print installations, and then the installations began to connect with other people in the world.” -Laucharoen