Sopheap Pich

  • Installation view from "RECLAIM" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Sopheap Pich photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "RECLAIM" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Sopheap Pich photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "RECLAIM" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Sopheap Pich photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "RECLAIM" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Sopheap Pich photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "RECLAIM" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Sopheap Pich photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "RECLAIM" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Sopheap Pich photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 離れ行く島々 No. 2 Parting Islands No. 2 2019 Reclaimed wood, bamboo, rattan, metal, cowhide 199.5 × 141.5 × 4.0 cm ©️Sopheap Pich
  • 離れ行く島々 No.1 Parting Islands No. 1 2019 Reclaimed wood, bamboo, rattan, metal, cowhide, aluminum 199.0 × 185.5 × 7.0 cm ©️Sopheap Pich
  • 共振 No. 1 Resonance No. 1 2019 Bamboo, rattan, metal 250.0 × 183.0 × 8.0 cm ©️Sopheap Pich
  • 確言 - 灰色 - Affirmation in Grey 2019 Bamboo, rattan, metal, burlap, plastics, damar resin, synthetic resin, beeswax, charcoal, oil paint 250.0 × 202.0 × 11.0 cm ©️Sopheap Pich
  • 確言 - 赤- Affirmation in Red 2019 Bamboo, rattan, metal, burlap, plastics, damar resin, synthetic resin, beeswax, red iron oxide, oil paint 250.0 × 202.0 × 11.0 cm ©️Sopheap Pich
  • アニマル Animal 2019 Part 1 Bamboo, rattan, plywood, cowhide, metal, burlap, Cow horns 86.0 × 60.0 × 98.0 cm Part 2 Bamboo, rattan, plywood, buffalo hide, metal, burlap, water buffalo horns, wood, India ink 86.0 × 151 .0× 120.0 cm ©️Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich Studio photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich Studio photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "desire line" at 8/ ART GALLRY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Mirage 1 2017 / earth pigment and gum Arabic on Arches watercolor paper / 161.0 x 131.0 cm ©Sopheap Pich Studio
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich Studio photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "desire line" at 8/ ART GALLRY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at 8/ ART GALLRY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at 8/ ART GALLRY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at 8/ ART GALLRY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at 8/ ART GALLRY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • Installation view from "desire line" at 8/ ART GALLRY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich
  • The Crater 2017 / bamboo, rattan, burlap, wire, plastics, synthetic resin / h.250.0 x w.400.0 x d.13.0 cm ©Sopheap Pich Studio
  • Mirage 1 2017 / earth pigment and gum Arabic on Arches watercolor paper / 161.0 x 131.0 cm ©Sopheap Pich Studio
  • Installation view from "Viva Arte Viva" at the 57th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich Studio
  • Installation view from "Viva Arte Viva" at the 57th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2017 ©Sopheap Pich Studio
  • Installation view from "dOCUMENTA (13)" at Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, 2012 ©Sopheap Pich Studio

Pich was born in Cambodia in 1971, and grew up under the harsh and tragic Khmer Rouge regime. In 1979 his family stayed in refugee camps along the border of Thailand to escape from political instability. During that time Pich participated in an art school run by NGOs and became interested in painting. His family was able to migrate to the United States in 1984. In 1990 he entered the University of Massachusetts to study medicine, later transferring to the Department of Art, graduating in 1995. Subsequently he received an MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999.

Pich’s work has been featured in numerous international museum exhibitions and biennials such as his solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013 and Documenta 13. This year he is featured in the Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva (until November 26), and “Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now” at Mori Art Museum (until October 23). His work is included in such major collections as Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, M+ (Hong Kong), Singapore Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Solo exhibitions

2019 “RECLAIM” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
“The World Outside” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
2018 “Expanses” Tyller Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
2017 “desire line” Tomio Koyama Gallery, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Hidden Nature: Sopheap Pich” The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, TX
“SOPHEAP PICH: FROM STUDIO TO FINE ART” Gallery of the French Institute in Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2016 “Rang Phnom Flower” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
“ELEMENTAL” H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2015 “Structures” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
2014 “Sopheap Pich: A Room” Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
2013 “Collection+ Sopheap Pich” Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia
“Reliefs” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
“Compound” Brookfield Place Winter Garden, New York, NY
“Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2012 “In Spite of Order” H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2011 “Compound” The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Morning Glory” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
2010 “Fragile” French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2009 “The Pulse Within” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY
2008 “Strands” The Esplanade, Singapore
“Recent Works From Kunming” TCG/Nordica, Kunming, China
2007 “Flow” Sala Artspace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
“Tidal” H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2006 “Moha Saen Anett” Gallery Dong Xi, Vestfossen, Norway
2005 “Chomlak, sculptures and drawings” The Arts Lounge of Hotel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia
“Sculptures and Drawings” Amansara Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2004 “Pdao” French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2003 “Excavating the Vessels” Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2002 “Recent Works” The Brewery Studio, Boston, MA
1997 “Empty Wooden Cigarette Boxes From Cambodia” the Augusta Savage Gallery, Amherst, MA

Group exhibitions

2019 “Home Is a Foreign Place” The Met Breuer, New York, NY
“SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now” Kaohsiung Museum of  Fine Art, Taiwan
“MOT Collection Part 1 & 2: Please to meet you. New Acquisitions in recent years” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
2018 “Minimalism: Space. Light. Object” National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
“We the People: New Art from the Collection” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
“Two houses: Politics and histories in the contemporary art collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam Yang” Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Singapore
“SOPHEAP PICH / KHVAY SAMNANG / SHOOSHIE SULAIMAN” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections” M+, Hong Kong
“Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material” NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore
“Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City” Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore
2017 “Drawing: The Beginning of Everything” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY
“Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to now” Mori Art Museum, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
“Buddha’s Smile” National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
“Viva Arte Viva” the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
2016 “Flora and Fauna”, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
“For the Love of Things: Still Life” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
“Histories of the Future” The National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2015 “Drawn from Nature” Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX
“Renaissance” Lille3000, France
“I Want Justice,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
“Selected works on exhibition” Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
“First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian” The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
2014 “The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections” Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
“Re: Collection” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
“No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia" Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
Medium at Large Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
“TRANSMISSION” Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 “The 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art” Moscow, Russia
“Dojima River Bienniale 2013” Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan
“Collecting Art of Asia” Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
“Connect: Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology – Contemporary Art and Urban Development in Cambodia” IFAGalerie, Berlin, Germany
“Gentle Matter” Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore
2012 “dOCUMENTA (13)” Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
“Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia” Asia Institute of Contemporary Art, Lasalle College of the Arts,Singapore
“Invisible Cities” MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
“DEEP S.E.A.,” Primo Marella Gallery, Rome, Italy.
2011 “2011 Asian Art Biennial” National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
“Here / Not Here: Buddha Presence in Eight Recent Works” Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, CA
“Singapore Biennale 2011” Singapore
2010 “Classic Contemporary: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from the Singapore Art Museum Collection” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2009 “The 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art” Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
“Truly Truthful” Art Asia Miami 2009, Miami, FL
“The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale” Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
“Forever Until Now: Contemporary Art from Cambodia” 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
2008 “Sh Contemporary: Best of Discovery” Shanghai Exhibition Center, China
“Strategies from Within” Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China
“The Mekong Project” Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos.
“The Drawing Room” Rubies, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2006 “Paint Around the Dog” with Jack Bauer, Lake Studio, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
“2+3+4 Cambodian/Vietnamese Exchange” Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2005 “Visual Arts Open” Elsewhere and New Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
“Transit” with Michèle Vanvlasselaer, Java Café & Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
“Première Vue” Passage de Retz, Paris, France
“Je/Jeu” French Cultural Center, Yangon, Myanmar
2004 “Guide” French Cultural Center Siem Reap, Cambodia
“Continuity” Shinta Mani Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
“Guide” French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
“Meik Sratum” Silapak Khmer Amatak, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2001 “Subject Picture” The Optimistic, Chicago, IL
2000 “Just Good Art 2000” Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL
“Memory: Personal and Social Testimonies” the Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1999 “Altered Object” Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL
“Young Talents II” Contemporary Arts Workshop, Chicago, IL
“MFA Thesis Exhibition” G2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
“Yellow / Face” Gallery Pilson East, Chicago, IL
"Cows on Parade" a collaborative project with J. Zakin and S. Biggers for The Chicago Park District, the Field Museum Campus, Chicago, IL
1998 “Presidential Dinner Exhibition” The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1995 “Recent Paintings” Gallery Del Sol, Miami, FL
“BFA Thesis Show” The Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Public collections

Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY
The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WA
Centre Georges Pompidou, France
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
The Ford Foundation, NY
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Thailand
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Mori Art Museum, Japan
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
M+ , Hong Kong
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Australia
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.