b. 1974 Pier Reang, Prey Veng province, Cambodia.

Contemporary Cambodian artist Leang Seckon is a prominent member of the emerging Cambodian art scene. The artist’s work draws heavily on intimate narratives of his childhood memories. Having grown up during the violent period under the rule of the Khmer Rouge, he witnessed government-enforced brutality that led many to famine, sickness, and death. He explains that his artworks allow him to experience and express the freedom that was denied to him as a child, and draws parallels between the nation’s past and present.

b. 1974 Pier Reang, Prey Veng province, Cambodia



Royal University of Fine Arts, BA (with an emphasis in design)

Royal University of Fine Arts, Bachelor Degree in Plastic Arts



Rossi and Rossi, London  (upcoming)

Fukuoka Triennial, Fukuoka, Japan
Residency at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Global Hybrid, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
See You Later Pt. 1, solo exhibition, Galeria 346, Phuket, Thailand
Transformation 2, group exhibition, Long Beach, California
Tuk Khmean Charon “Still Water”, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Geometries Virtuelles, Centre Culturel Français, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Forever Until Now, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
The 5th International Art Festival 2009
The Greater Mekong Sub-Region Art Sans Frontiers 2009
The Queens Gallery Art Exchange Festival 2009, Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang and Bangkok, Mekong Organisation for Mankind
ASEAN Contemporary Art Exchange, New Zero Art Exchange, Yangon, Myanmar

Char Joul, solo exhibition, Centre Culturel Français, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
I Love PP, Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Strategies from Within: an Exhibition of Vietnamese and Cambodian Cotemporary Art Practices, Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China
My feeling from the Buddha, display mixed media new work, Café Living Room, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Skin, solo exhibition, Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Naga installation, recycled plastic and rattan, 225m long, Siem Reap River, Cambodia Collages, solo exhibition, FCC Angkor
Underlying, Group Exhibition, TADU, Bangkok, Thailand

New Collages, solo exhibition, Amansara Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Com Haic Thaim, The Art House, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Recycled Fashion Show, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Huos Samay, solo exhibition, Art Café, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Group Exhibition, Art House, Siem reap, Cambodia
My Feeling from the Buddha, solo exhibition, Amansara Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crew Group Silk Exhibition, in the Park adjacent to the Royal Residence, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Review of Cambodian Art, Sala Art, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Changing the Face of Culture, collages, solo exhibition, Amansara Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
tik Ey Kom Arl Ho, solo exhibition, Amansara Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Spirit Learner Artist-in-Residence Programme, VBNK, Cambodia
Opening of Mutrak Gallery, retrospective exhibition, Cambodia
tik euy com arl ho, solo exhibition, Linga Bar, Siem reap, Cambodia
Jonghan Hoi, solo exhibition, Amansara Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
4 Cambodian Artists, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore
Reflow: Exhibition of Paintings & Photographs, Java Café & Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2+3+4 Cambodian/Vietnames exchange with Khna Cong Bui, Richard Streitmatter-Tran & Pich Sopheap at Java Café and Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Visual Art Open, Sunrise Gallery, Phnom Penh, December 2005
Folk-05: lokal global, Galleri Lista Fyr, Norway
Group Exhibition, Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong
Kuntrup UU, solo exhibition, Java Café & Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Centre Culturel Français, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Mekong Jitney, Java Café & Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Guide, Centre Culturel Français, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Attak, solo exhibition, Java Café & Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Residency tour and group exhibition, Alabama, USA
Group Exhibition, New York, USA
Apey Mutrak, solo exhibition, Java Café & Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Group exhibition, School of Plastic Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 



Finalist, Sovereign Asia Art Prize

King Norodom Sihamoni personally endorsed the Naga, Seckon’s work with the Rubbish    Project and his artwork by letter

Finalist, Sovereign Asia Art Prize

King Norodom Sihanouk personally endorsed Seckon and his artwork

Second prize, painting contest, HIV/AIDS World AIDS Day, UNESCO
Final selection for the 2000 International Poster Contest ‘A World of Opportunities’, UNFPA



“Kids and Rubbish’ Recycled Fashion Show at bHOR Art Centre, Sihanoukville, November 2008
Delegate to Dialogue on Arts and Climate Change, Asia-Europe Foundation, Beijing, October 2008
Designed Naga installation, and oversaw workshops with volunteers to construct and install the naga, for World Water Day, 2008
Art consultant to Rajana Association, traveling with them to Laos and Thailand in 2006 and 2007
Many performances of 60s songs with celebrated film star Mme Dy Saveth, from 2006
Performance and round table discussion about the political realities of contemporary art in Cambodia and Vietnam, with artists from 2+3+4 exhibition, February 2006
One week collage workshop with Rajana Association staff, Siem Reap, 2005
Lecture to art students at Birmingham University, Alabama, US, 2003
Workshops with young people, Studio by the Tracks, Alabama, 2003
Lectures at Pannasastra University, Phnom Penh, 2002 and 2004
Many illustrations and collages for Cambodia Daily newspaper, 1998-2001
Illustrated Book on HIV/AIDS for Australian Red Cross, 1998


The Rubbish Project was launched in June 2006 at the opening of Seckon’s Mutrak Gallery with cultural worker Fleur Smith, and actress Dy Saveth.  As a network of people who wish to raise the profile of environmental issues in Cambodia through the arts, The Rubbish Project has captured the imagination of people across the country.  Khmer and expatriates are involved and supportive, including artists and celebrities. 

The Naga installation which appeared on the Siem Reap River for World Water Day in 2008 involved a major community art workshop and the cooperation of civic authorities, artists, and celebrities.  Seckon recently worked with volunteers at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, to make a 90m long makara dragon during his residency for the F4 Triennial.  The resulting performance piece involved 110 volunteers wearing the makara costume.  

We are very honoured to have the personal endorsement of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni.