Chov Theanly


1985 -

Chov Theanly was born in 1985 in Battambang province, Cambodia. He has been learning traditional drawing and painting with his uncle who is a sign painter since 1999. He graduated from Graphic Design at Vocational Training Center of Battambang (2007) and he graduated from Law Major at Chamroen Poly Technology in Phnom Penh (2011).

His works focuses on many things close to his life and drawn from his own experience as artist, through a simple gesture to tell the story of everyday life and personal aspirations. He is sparing and efficient with his use of colors and lines.

Chov Theanly selected solo exhibitions include Surviving, Lee Gallery, Paris, France (2017); Striving, Java Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2015); Questioning, Utterly Art, Singapore (2015); Surviving, Java Art Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2013). His selected group exhibitions include Cambodia: Looking Back on the Future, The Flinn Gallery, New York City, USA (2017); Renaissance, Euro-Metropolis Museum, Lille, France (2015); Roots and Branches, Long Beach, California, USA; Made in Battambang, French Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2014); Forrest Crime, Maek Make, Battambang, Cambodia; and Cambodian Mask Project, Plantation, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2012). He was an artist in residency at Vermont Studio Center and Triangle Art in New York City, USA (2015).

  • Surviving
    Oil painting on canvas

  • Striving 11
    Oil painting on canvas

  • Striving 6
    Oil painting on canvas

The artist interview :
Cambodian artist, Chov Theanly (Painting)

Select Press/Publication

Masters at Work
Discover Cambodia
By Yean Reaksmey

Exhibit by Cambodian artists at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich
By Joel Lang
May 9, 2017

New Exhibit at Flinn Gallery: Cambodia, Looking Back on the Future
Greenwich Free Press
By Karen Sheer
May 2, 2017

Transformative traditions: Dana Langlois and Reaksmey Yean of Cambodia’s JavaArts – in conversation
Art Radar
April 04, 2017

Exposition: Striving par Chov Theanly
Cambodge Mag
November 25, 2016

In “Striving,” Artist Probes Ties Between Fantasy and Reality
The Cambodia Daily
By Michelle Vachon
November 24, 2016

Battambang painter digs into the divide between real and projected
The Phnom Penh Post
By Audrey Wilson
November 18, 2016

Art of Survival
Raffles Life Maganize
By Harriet Fitch Little

Grand Nord
September 1, 2015

Battambang, Cambodia’s art and soul
The Guardian
By Claire Knox
August 30, 2014

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation