(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 and Romcheik 5 Artspace (Battambang).
Selected Group Exhibitions
"Tomorrow is a New Day," AIR Gallery, Factory Phnom Penh powered by FT Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Group Exhibition of Cambodian Contemporary Art, Galerie Lee, Paris, France
Collected by the Romcheik 5 Countryside Museum permanent collection
Battambang Art Festival, Battambang, Cambodia
The Giant Puppet Project, Siem Reap, Cambodia
“Tonle Mekong,” United States of America Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Sammaki Gallery, Battambang, Cambodia
Romeat Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Winner, Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship, Cambodian Living Arts
2020 Winner, White Canvas Painting Competition (Japan)