Pen Robit


1991 -

Pen Robit was born in 1991 in Battambang province, Cambodia. He graduated from Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2010. His art practice primarily employs painting including occasional live painting and performance. His painting draws on various techniques, shuttling between figurative and abstraction, and often comments on social realities.

Pen Robit participated the Memory Workshop with Vann Nath and Séra Ing at Bophana Center, Phnom Penh (2009) and did an exchange study at Pivaut Applied School of Art, Nantes, France (2011). He was an artist-in-residence with Peninsula To Australia International Art and Culture Exchange, Taiwan (2015) and at OzAsia Festival, Adelaide, Australia (2016).

Pen Robit solo exhibitions include Beyond, Tribe Cambodia, Siem Reap, Cambodia; Thread, Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2019); Krama, Romeet Contemporary Art Space, Phnom Penh Cambodia (2013) and Untitled, Romeet Contemporary Art Space, Phnom Penh (2012). His recent group exhibitions include No Boundaries, Art Exchange Project Indonesia & Cambodia (2015), Java and Asia Foundation, Phnom Penh; 20 ANS! Made in Cambodia (2015), Galerie Impressions, Paris; Made in Battambang (2014), French Institute, Phnom Penh; and Southeast Asia: Figurative Speaking (2014), The East Gallery, Vancouver. 

  • Thread (Blue)
    Oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

  • Krama
    Enamel paint on canvas
    120 x 150 cm

  • Untitled 3
    Acrylic on paper
    27.50 x 37.50cm

  • Women Under the Light
    Oil on canvas

The artist interview :
Cambodian artist, Pen Robit (Painting)

Selected Press/Publication

In pictures: The last years of the White Building
The Phnom Penh Post
By Jenni Reid
Auguest 30, 2017

One last celebration of art
The Phnom Penh Post
By Harriet Fitch Little
June 13, 2015

Art After Social Media in Cambodia
By Ben Valentine
April 3, 2015

Performance is Contemporary: Performance and its documentation in visual art in Cambodia
Journal of Khmer Studies, 12

Battambang Artistic Talent Showcased
January 29, 2014

Inside artist’s studio home’s-studio-home
The Phnom Penh Post
By Rosa Ellen
June 27, 2013

Cambodian art’s Aussie envoy
The Phnom Penh Post
By Nikki Majewski
June 24 2012

Airport Exhibition Exposes Travelers to Contemporary Arts
Cambodian Alliance for the Arts
By Lauren Q.
May 7, 2012

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation