"Hello! My name is Innop Wonganan, or 'Nop' - my nickname. I was born in Isarn [northeast Thailand] on February 3, 1975. I am the youngest of six siblings. My mother brought me up alone because my father died when I was a child. Even though I left home to study in the north and live far away from my mother, we remain very close. We keep in touch and often talk on the phone. <br><br>
"When I started high school, my mother did not agree with me studying art but my brothers - who have artistic skills but could not study art in their time - fully supported me and said they would help financially. In fact my brothers and sisters sacrificed so many things to support me in studying fine arts. So I moved and lived with my oldest brother in a large city and studied art in high school for three years. Then I moved up north to study for a bachelor's degree in fine arts at a technological institute. <br><br>
"I live life according to Thai traditions of calmness and warmth. I follow the Buddhist dharma. I abstain from temptation and my life is consequently constant and my mind clear and calm. I follow my own philosophy: 'If we find a place where the mind is at peace, this is where we will meet with total happiness.' <br><br>
"The most impressive times of my life occurred when I exhibited, sold and received good feedback about my works. I think it is not easy to succeed in life when you choose the path of art. Especially in my case, for I am an artist who uses all my time and body and mind to create artistic works. Artistically speaking, I am now successful. <br><br>
"Art arouses my thoughts and imagination. Art allows me to convey things I find beautiful; most of my work is inspired by beauty. When I work, I draw what I perceive exactly and with great detail and then reduce it to feelings of suggestion only. This is, I think, the essence of beauty. Art is my science of appreciating beauty - it is my way of expressing emotions and feelings. Art is what I am. Art is my breath."
In the Andes, the Land of the Four Corners, mountains are sacred. So is culture. The Nazca lines, the Wari glyphs, the Quipu knots and the complex multi-colored textiles of the Incas are all recorded and live on the work of contemporary Peruvian artisans.