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
  • 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 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.

Selected Solo exhibitions

2018 "Expanses" Tyller Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
2017 “Hidden Nature: Sopheap Pich” The Crow Colletion of Asian Art, Dallas, TX, USA
“SOPHEAP PICH: FROM STUDIO TO FINE ART” Gallerie L’Institut français du Cambodge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
"desire line" Tomio Koyama Gallery, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2016 “Rang Phnom Flower” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
“ELEMENTAL” H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2015 “Structures” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
2014 “Sopheap Pich: A Room” Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA
2013 “Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
“Reliefs” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
“Compound” Brookfield Place Winter Garden, New York, NY,USA
“Collection+ Sopheap Pich” Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia
2012 “In Spite of Order” H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2011 “Morning Glory” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
“Compound” The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
2010 “Fragile” French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2009 “The Pulse Within” Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
2008 “Strands” The Esplanade, Singapore

Selected Group exhibitions

2018 "Minimalism: Space. Light. Object" National Gallery Singapore
"Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material" NTU Centre for Contemporary Art 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
“Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City” Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore
2017 “Drawing: The Beginning of Everything” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
“Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to now” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“The 57th Venice Biennale” Venice, Italy
2016 “Histories of the Future” The National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2015 “First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian” The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA
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, USA
2013 “Moscow Biennale” Moscow, Russia
“Dojima River Bienniale” Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan
2012 “dOCUMENTA (13)” Kassel, Germany
2011 “Asian Art Biennial” Taiwan, Taichung
“Singapore Biennale” Singapore
2009 “Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale” Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2008 “Sh Contemporary: Best of Discovery” Shanghai, China

Selected Public collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
M+ Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong
Singapore Art Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney
Cleveland Museum of Art
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York