Born in 1971 in Battambang province, Cambodia, Sopheap Pich lives and works in Phnom Penh. He holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts (1995) and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999).
Working primarily with rattan and bamboo, Pich’s early sculptural works (2004 – 2010) addressed issues of time, memory, and the body, often relating to Cambodia’s history, particularly with regard to his childhood recollections of life during the Khmer Rouge period (1975-79), and its culture, both its ancient traditions and contemporary struggles. In his recent wall relief works (2011 – ), Pich departs from the burden of socio-political references. Working with materials indigenous to Cambodia – bamboo, rattan, burlap, beeswax and earth pigments– Pich turns inwards towards his practice itself, its materiality and formal references.
Select solo exhibitions include Compound Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2011), Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich The Metropolitan Museum, NYC (2013), and his fourth solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art (2013). Select group exhibitions include: dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), Singapore Biennale (2011), Asian Art Biennale in Taiwan (2011), Fukuoka Triennale (2009) and the Asia-Pacific Triennial (2009).