Sopheap Pich

b. 1971, Battambang, Cambodia
Lives and works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sopheap Pich’s family settled in the US in 1984 when he was thirteen years old. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters in Painting in 1999, and returned to Cambodia in 2002. After working in Cambodia for a few years, Pich found painting insufficient, and in 2004 turned to sculpture with bamboo, rattan and metal wire as his main materials, and continues to use them to this day.

People often associate Pich’s practice with memories of the Khmer Rouge, however his works relate to many things both remembered and unknown. His sculptures resist easy categorizations and expectations; they are more about the slow labour of making something from nothing, a connection to natural materials.

Pich’s works resonate with his Cambodian history and surroundings, and reflect the best of both his abilities, as well as limitations.

Country: Cambodia