Sopheap Pich, Buddha, 2011.
Sopheap Pich is one of Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artists. He works with local materials – bamboo, rattan, burlap, beeswax and earth pigments gathered from around Cambodia – to make sculptures inspired by bodily organs, vegetal forms, and abstract geometric structures. Pich’s childhood experiences during the genocidal conditions of late 1970s Cambodia had a lasting impact on his work, informing its themes of time, memory, and the body.
In 2013, Pich had his first solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, entitled Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich. His works were also represented at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany (2012) and at the 2017 Venice Biennale’s main exhibition Viva Arte Viva.