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Pech Song

(1947 - )

Works

Democratic Kampuchea

Country

Cambodia


Biography

Pech Song was born in 1947 in Kandal Province, Cambodia. From 1965-1971, he attended the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, where he received a degree in painting. He was painting billboards for movies when in 1975, he was captured and tortured by Pol Pot's forces. Pech Song managed to convince his captors that his artistic talents were a valuable skill, and he was put to work as an official artist of the regime. In addition to producing propaganda posters, the artist was also asked to draw maps of the countryside for the military. From 1975-1992, Pech Song painted for the five regimes that ruled Cambodia. He is currently a professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.