If he didn’t become an artist, he would probably be a drug addict. Cambodian artist Pen Robit says this quietly, seriously.
“It was art that saved me from this fate, it transformed my life, ” he says.
The 29-year-old simply feels that it would have been all too easy to go down that path in a world where “even young children openly sniff glue by the roadside”.
But Pen, the eldest of four children, had harbored dreams of being an artist from a young age.
“I was maybe 12 or 13 when I realized this, that there is nothing that makes me happier than when I am painting. This feeling has stayed with me till this day, ” he says.
Born and raised in Battambang, he graduated from the non-profit Phare Ponleu Selpak’s School of Visual and Applied Arts there in 2010.
Since then, he has had four solo exhibitions in Cambodia – one in Siem Reap and three in Phnom Penh, where he is now based.
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