Nou Sary

Born in 1972 in Kandal Province in the south of Cambodia, Khmer artist Nou Sary was one of six children born into a rural rice farming family.

Helping his family with planting and harvesting rice until he was 12 years old, Sary made the life-changing decision to find his way to the capital Phnom Penh, where he eventually was taken in by a local shelter that would provide him with the access to education that he sought.

After nine years and completing his high school education, he enrolled himself into the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUPP). Working as a security guard during the day, Sary enrolled in night classes and slept alongside other students in the classrooms where he was taking lessons in painting and sculpture. 

In 1999 Sary received his Diploma in Arts and began work in the gallery in the French Embassy in Phnom Penh, joining workshops and learning from visiting artists. In 2000, he was sponsored by the French Embassy to attend a three-month workshop in Paris with Philippe Richard. 

He was later offered a scholarship to continue his art education at the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design in France. When funding ceased suddenly in 2003, Sary sought work and started training to be a chef to support his studies and then received his Diploma in Fine Arts in 2006. 

After seven years of painting, sculpting and cooking, Sary returned to Phnom Penh in 2013 where he made a life changing decision to relocate to the peaceful Angkorian town of Siem Reap, where he resides with his wife and son to this day.


  • 2018 – ‘Harvest‘ solo exhibition, Sofitel Phokheetra Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 2018 – World Wood Day, group exhibition. Angkor Century Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • 2018 – Painting Auction, French Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 2018 – Charity Auction for Kantha Bopha Children Hospital, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • 2014 – Christie’s Charity Auction, Le Royal Hotel Raffles, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 2013 – Exhibition at Institut Français de Phnom Penh, Cambodoa 
  • 2006 – Exhibition at Galerie Auguste a Saint-Etienne, France
  • 2006 – Manifestation International d’Arts Plastiques a Avignon, France
  • 2005 – Exposition de Photos a Paris, France
  • 2003 – Exhibition de Peintures a Paris, Khmer for UNESCO 
  • 2000 & 2001 – Exhibition at CCF Phnom penh, Hotel Sofitel (Woodcut, paintings)