Sao Sreymao


1986 -

Sao Sreymao was born in 1986 in Site 2 refugee camp, Thai border. She graduated from Phare Ponleu Selpak’s School of Visual and Applied Arts, Battambang province in 2006, and was a participant of Sa Sa Art Projects' Contemporary Art Class in 2016. Her multidisciplinary practice includes painting, comic, photography, digital drawing, sculpture and performance. Her works explore personal expression and memories, as well as the changing physical and psychological landscapes of Cambodian urban and rural communities. She has also collaborated with various writers in visual storytelling and published a number of graphic novels.

Sao Sreymao was an artist fellow of Sylt Foundation to undertake a residency in Sylt, Germany in 2017. She was also a recipient of Dam Dos Grant 2018 of Cambodian Living Arts.

Sao Sreymao solo exhibitions include Under the Water, Mirage Contemporary Art Space, Siem Reap, Cambodia and Nagakot, Nepal (2019) and Under the Water, Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2018). Her most recent group exhibitions and performances include Currents - Phnom Penh Art & Urban Festival, Hiroshima House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2019); Plastic Kingdom, Meta House, Phnom Penh; Day Dream, Khmer Sense, Phnom Penh (2018); Body of Sorrow, Sa Sa Art Projects (2018); Facing the Climate Change, the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia (2018) and Embassy of Sweden (2017); and Kraanh Norneal, Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2017).

  • Under the Water (Try to live)
    Digital C-Print, 60 x 90 cm

  • Under the Water (Village house)
    wax and clear glass

  • The Pressure
    Live performance

  • Left Over
    Digital C-Print, 60 x 90 cm

The artist interview :
Cambodian artist, Sao Sreymao (Comic/Digital Drawing/Performance/Installation)

Selected Press/Publication

Bringing back the lost villages
Khmer Times
By Taing Rinith
February 22, 2019

Under the Water, by Sao Sreymao
By Alix Feschotte
January 17, 2019

Arts: Daydreaming at Khmer Sense Gallery
Cambodge Mag
September 25, 2018

Exhibition to raise awareness of harmful use of plastic in Kingdom
The Phnom Penh Post
By Raksmey Hong
December 10, 2018

My Phnom Penh: Sao Sareymao, Graphic Artist
The Phnom Penh Post
By Muong Vandy
January 13, 2017

Graphic Novelists Struggle, but Say Market Improving
Khmer Times
By Bun Sreymom and Srey Kumneth
October 5, 2016

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation