(b. 1982, Site II Refugee Camp, Thailand)
Van Chhovorn was born in a refugee camp for Khmer Rouge genocide survivors in Thailand in 1982. Later, as a young man, he was enslaved on a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Thailand with 24 other Cambodian and Burmese men for more than two years.
He luckily regained his freedom through much hardship and was able to study at a free non-profit art school, Phare Ponleu Selpak, in Battambang, Cambodia where he became a wood sculptor and painter.
Important to his career is a recurring dream where an ancient “Dream Teacher” speaks to him and shows him what to do and which pieces of wood to select for his sculptures.
He currently resides in Battambang with his family and is pursuing his art career in collaboration with Open Studio Cambodia (Siem Reap) and Romcheik 5 Artspace (Battambang).
Selected Group Exhibitions & Awards
2021 “Hope on the Horizon,” Open Studio Cambodia, AIR Gallery, Factory Phnom Penh, powered by FT Gallery
2020 Group Exhibition of Cambodian Contemporary Art, Galerie Lee, Paris, France
“Tomorrow is a New Day,” Open Studio Cambodia, AIR Gallery, Factory Phnom Penh, powered by FT Gallery
“Romcheik 5 + Kampot 1 = 282,” Pi-Pet-Pi Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Arn-Chorn Pond Scholarship Grantee, Cambodia Living Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
White Canvas Painting Competition winner, Social Compass, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
United Nations Human Rights Day Conference, invited teaching artist, exhibiting artist, Phare Ponleu Selpak, Battambang, Cambodia
2019 Collected by the Romcheik 5 Countryside Museum permanent collection
Battambang Art Festival, Battambang, Cambodia
2016 The Giant Puppet Project, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2012 “Tonle Mekong,” United States of America Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2012 Sammaki Gallery, Battambang, Cambodia
2011 Romeet Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2011 French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia