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Svay Ken


by Erin Gleeson

Svay Ken at the opening of “Sharing Knowledge” at Bophana Audio Visual Centre, Phnom Penh. Photo by Jim Meszerski.

PHNOM PENH — Svay Ken, widely respected as the grandfather of contemporary art in Cambodia, passed away on December 11, 2008, at the age of 76. He was a prolific painter, a devout Buddhist, a father of five and grandfather of nine.

Born in 1933, 70 years after the French colonial occupation of Kampuchea to a family of farmers and temple painters in rural…

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