Khun Kolkateka is a Cambodian artist who has a reverence for the history of the Khmer Kingdom and its culture. His love for Cambodia’s lavishing style of arts, integrated with his deep interest towards European art creates a balance between the two worlds – his kingdom and that of the west.
Born and raised in Phnom Penh, his paintings pay homage to the colors of his homeland. As his passion for Khmer art started ever since he was young, his taste for European art history and techniques were cultivated during his years in middle school and high school. His distinctive personal style expresses the vibrant spirit of Cambodia’s past. His realistic depictions of the transformative effects of light and color in the four elements of earth, sky, water and land are life-affirming.
At just 18 years of age, Khun is widely recognised as a rising young talent in Cambodia. He was named the runner-up of an international gallery competition in Phnom Penh for his work entitled “The Show Must Go On”. His artwork are included in numerous private art collections throughout Cambodia (including the German Embassy in Cambodia), USA and Canada.