(Thai: ศิลป์ พีระศรี), the father of modern arts
in Thailand, (born Corrado Feroci 15 September 1892
, died 14 May 1962
) was an Italian sculptor
invited to Thailand
to teach Western
sculpture at the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Palace Affairs in 1923, founding what would become Silpakorn University
He changed his name and became a Thai national during World War II in 1944 in order to avoid arrest by the Japanese.
A Thai commemorative stamp was issued on the centenary of his birth. His birthday, 15 September, is observed each year in Thailand as Silpa Bhirasri Day.