His most recent exhibition – ‘Sharing Knowledge‘ – was at Bophana Centre in October.
A avid attendee of visual art showings, he refused to let his failing health keep him from coming, and showed up in a wheelchair to greet an attentive crowd.
The show’s new paintings focused his keen moral lens on the challenges of living life appropriately in a confusing modern world. For what he sensed what might be his last show, the artist wanted to impart a message, and did it quite directly.
To children, parents are the God Brahma, god of creation, the best masters and highly honorable. To other living beings also, they are saviors. Parents are meritful. Their merit is as heavy as the earth. It is priceless, even a golden mountain cannot be compared to it.
Svay Ken’s gentle, persistent influence provided a cornerstone for the development of contemporary visual art in Cambodia. The loss will be felt deeply by the art community and those who knew him.