History of Artist Chhim Sothy in Cambodia

Chhim Sothy was born in 1969 in Kandal Province. He studied 10 years at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh where he learned traditional Khmer painting. Chhim Sothy displayed his paintings in Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, the United States and France where his exhibition in Carcassonne was met with considerable success.

His work is characterised by a diversity of styles, often generating spontaneous and gestural abstract painting, and simultaneously generating, skilful and well balanced, traditional painting. He often incorporates mythical characters into his works with an anachronistic explosion of colour. “I am like a monk searching for Wisdom” he has been quoted as saying


2014 : Our City Festival group artist, Phnom penh

Joined a Workshop of the Indochina Fine arts Association, Hanoi, Vietnam

Abstraction exhibited at New art gallery (paintings and photography),

Phnom penh

Fine arts workshop and exhibition among Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,

Thailand and Japan’s artists at University of Fine arts of Ho chi minh city,


Transition group artist show at Meta house(German cultural center),

Phnom penh

2013 : Construction and Destruction Group Exhibition at Java Art gallery,

Phnom penh

Vision 2 at Tamarind Bar, Phnom penh

Nature and Life at Insider gallery, Intercontinental Hotel, Phnom penh

2012 : Meta house, Phnom penh

French Institute for 20th anniversary group artists

Art Creative between Cambodia and Vietnam 2012, Vung Tau, Vietnam

5th Beijing Internationl Biennale for Art and Culture 2012, Beijing, China

2011 : Lost Room, Phnom Penh

Van’s Restaurant, Phnom Penh

Tamarind Phnom Penh Street 240, Phnom Penh

2010 : Reyum Art Institute, Phnom Penh

ASEAN Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong

4th Beijing International Art Biennale 2010, China.

Equinoxes, Phnom Penh

Hotel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2009 : Art Sovereign, Hong Kong

Chinese house, Phnom Penh

Landmine Art, UNDP Phnom Penh

Beyond Abstract, Meta house, Phnom Penh

Pharmacy Arts, Meta house, Phnom Penh

Exhibition Center Hang bay, Hanoi, Vietnam

2008 : Beijing International Art Biennale, China

Tembi Joyagarta, Indonesia

Meta house, Phnom Penh

Amansara Hotel resort, Siem Reap

2007 : Meta house, Phnom Penh

French cultural center, Battambang

Embassy of Singapore, Phnom Penh

2 fishes Art Gallery, Phnom Penh

Salt Loung, Phnom Penh

2006 : Art 2 Gallery, Singapore

Visual Art Open (VAO), Phnom Penh

Carnet d’ Asie, Siem Reap

Elsewhere, Phnom Penh

ICOM Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Laos

New Art Gallery, Phnom Penh

2005: Victoria Hotels and Resorts, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

2004: Fealac Art Exhibit Guidelines in Manila, Philippine.

2004: French Cultural Center Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2004: Maison du Chevalier, Carcasonne, France.

2004: Ganesha Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2003: “Vision of Future”, Reyum Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2003: 60th Celebration of Silapakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

2003: Le Royal, Raffles International Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2002: Providence College, Rhode Island, USA.

2002: French Cultural Center Siem Reap, Cambodia.

2002: National Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


2004: 1st prize of Painting (Future of Culture), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2003: 1st prize of Painting (Life and Nature), Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2003: 2nd prize of “Utopies, Dream or Reality”, French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

2000: 1st prize of traditional painting by the Plastic arts and Crafts Department, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

ASEAN Art Awards, Singapore, Phillip Moris Group


2011 : A Royal Congratulation Letter from his majesty the king Norodom Sihanouk

2007 : Gold medal of Artwork from Prime Minister Samdach Hun Sen

2006 : Special Certificate From his Majesty the king Norodom Sihanouk

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