What other galleries should we check out?
Sra'Art Studio has been really active with exhibitions. Sa Sa Art Projects is a Cambodian artist-run space dedicated to experimental and critical contemporary art practices. Sa Sa Art focuses on its engagement with Cambodian young artists and art graduates while continuing to build a deeper dialogue with artists in Asia through its creative education programs, exhibitions, residency, and special projects. And there’s been a real move for artists to use local materials in their installations.
The Khmer artists I look up to are Sopheap Pich, Vuth Lyno—especially for their installations and dedication to the local scene at Sra Art Gallery—and Lisa Mam and Peap Tarr, the city’s first active street artists with their Khmer fusion Kiwi KBach illustrative pattern style. Also Tones EDK-DVS, who has a classic school of graffiti style with the funkiest characters depicting everyday life; Bryan Beyung, from massive murals to refined oil works on canvas, figurative to abstract; and Andrew Hem, probably the most well-known street artist of Khmer origin, who portrays people in the most poetic, illustrative atmosphere. Romcheik 5 in Battambang shows a lot of sculptural work; and in Siem Reap there’s Open Studio, Mirage, and Theam's Gallery.