Lives and Works: Phnom Penh
Bo Rithy was born in Cambodia in 1989 and studied paitning and sculture at Phare Penlau Selpak in Battambang, graduating with honors in 2014. He currently lives and works in Phnom Penh and has exhibited in several group exhibitons. He was a finalist from SPOT ART 2013 and in May of 2014 he had his first fsolo exhibtion at Romeet Contemporary Art Space in Phnom Penh.
About his painting, Red Sky, Rithy states, “In the context of Khmer society since ancient times, the people like to compare the political and intellectual leaders to the animals or other things. For example, the rabbits are compared to the smartest people but bad demonstrate behavior. Pigs are compared to the foolish person- intellectually weak and lazy, while tigers are compared to the cruel person, killing others for personal benefit. For this painting I have chosen pigs to represent people who have power in society but are not wise in their use of that power.”
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