Sopheap Pich

Born 1971, Cambodia.

Sopheap Pich was born in Battambang Cambodia but in his early teens escaped the Khmer Rouge with his family to the USA where he lived until returning to Cambodia in 2003. His education in the West included a year at the 
Ecole National d’Art, Cergy Pontoise, France followed by a BFA in painting: The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA and an 
MFA in painting: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Sopheap Pitch now lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Today Sopheap Pich is Cambodia’s most prominent contemporary artist. His career in recent years has seen many important solo shows, group shows and participation in biennale’s and major commissions across Asia. He completed a major outdoor sculptural installation at the King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia, and was featured in two of Asia’s most prestigious art events, the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (Fukuoka, Japan) and the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, Australia) followed in 2011 by participating in the Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan and the Singapore Biennale where he showed at the National Museum of Singapore. The major sculptural installation  ‘Compound’ he was commissioned to create for the Singapore Biennial is currently presented as a re-configured installation for Pich’s solo exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington until April 1, 2012 and will subsequently be included in a group exhibition at MASS MoCA, entitled Invisible Cities (April 14, 2012 – March 1, 2013).

Pich’s choice of materials, rattan, bamboo & wire, are materials more traditionally associated with crafts and agriculture yet in his sculptures they appear as free-flowing and biomorphic shapes that can often appear closely associated with architecture. His work can be seen as a reflection of everyday life in Cambodia, and his own personal experiences and childhood memories. Pich creates both figurative and abstract sculptures that are also concerned with destruction, construction and rapid development, which are so much in evidence in Asia today.

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