Our artists

  • Hay Chhoem (Artist)

He was born in 1992 and am now 24 years old.  He is a student at Bright Future University in Siem Reap, Cambodia.   He started learning at the Small Art school since he was a high school student.   He won some international art awards in Japan, the US and Cambodia.  He is also interested in Khmer martial arts.

  • Sokpheak Doung (Artist)

She was born in 1993 and am now 23 years old.  She is taking an English lesson at Pannasastra University in Siem Reap, Cambodia.   She won international art awards in Japan.  She is also interested in Khmer martial arts.

  • Sophea Doung (Artist)

She was born in Siem Reap in 1992 and has 5 siblings. At 22 years old, she’s currently studying at South East Asia University, majoring in law.  She also studies English at Future Bright International School, with the support of Small Art School.  Her hobbies include drawing and reading books (especially history books).  Last 2010, she started coming to Small Art School with her sister and friends.  Since then, she has nourished her love for art and has developed her drawing skills. She loves drawing flowers.  In the future, she wants to be a designer.  Check out her artworks here.  

  • Hea Chheav (artist)

Hea is from a large family in Beng Melia, a town popular for its temple ruins.  He was raised at the temples until he was 6 years old. While living at the temple, he heard about and orphanage where he Japanese lessons were given. At the age of 12, he approached the orphanage director personally to ask if he could live and study there and he was accepted. He worked hard to learn Japanese and later, in 2008, won first prize at a Japanese speech contest in Phnom Penh. Tomoko, the founder of the Small Art School hired Hea to work as the main interpreter. He went on to graduate with a business degree from the Build Bright University. While working with the Small Art School he has also developed a passion for the visual arts.  View his website here

  • Bandeth Em (Artist)

He is a 24 year-old artist, teacher and aspiring scientist.  He has been working with the Small Art School (SAS) for two and a half years. He is an enthusiastic leader who hopes to merge his passion for the visual arts and his growing interest in science.

    With support from the Japanese teachers at the SAS, he currently studies electrical engineering at Build Bright University in Siem Reap. He is currently an assistant art teacher at the SAS and works at the Khmer Kids Art Gallery. Aside from being an aspiring artist and scientist, Bandeth is also a good basketball player. His current goal is to utilize his exceptional interpersonal skills in an artistic, educational setting while incorporating his love of science into his own work.  View his artworks here.

  • Kunthea Lim (Artist)

Kunthea is a talented Khmer artist from Siem Reap who currently serves as gallery technician and assistant art teacher for the Small Art School. He aspires to become a successful artist and pass on the knowledge and skills he has developed throughout his time as a student the Small Art School. His interests include drawing, sports and research. Kunthea’s dream is pass on his love for the visual arts to underprivileged Cambodian children through education.  View his artworks here.

  • Phi Phorn (Artist)

He has 7 siblings and he is 6th.  His parents are farmers and cultivate fields.  He studies at Krobei Riel High School.   His favorite class is math.  He started drawing when he was 5 years old.  He educated himself for drawing until I met an art teacher Tomoko Kasahara.  He was delighted when he heard about an art class at Self Help Community Center (SHCC).  His dream is to be an artist.  The art teacher Tomoko helps me to develop his art skills.  He comes every Sunday and I enjoy drawing Cambodian scenery and working people in his village.

  • Mithokna Doung (Artist)

He was born in Siem Reap, Cambodia and he has 5 siblings.  He is 4th in his siblings. He studies at the Wat Bo junior high school.   His older sisters and brother are good at drawing.  Since he was young, He saw them drawing and He learned from them.  However, art supplies are very expensive and they could not afford to buy them.  When they heard about the Small Art School in Siem Reap, they were very happy because the art teacher Tomoko provides students art supplies for free.  Now they enjoy drawing together at the Small Art School.  Now, he sometimes go to teach art with my elder sisters to the village children.  His dream is to be an artist.  He will continue to draw and hope his dream comes true in the future.

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