Paintings on Canvas

“Thrive” Solo Exhibition

Insider Gallery, The Great Duke Phnom Penh

(view the rest of the series by clicking on the painting below)

Art and everyday life, society and nature. Cambodia is filled with treasures to discover and savor. Its natural beauty is fresh, colorful, soothing, and mesmerizing. The artist uses her natural surroundings as a tool to navigate in life, finding inspiration in the mundane and in the little details emerging everywhere in her own country. The beauty of nature can be a powerful antidote for darkness, the corruption and poverty that surround us. But it’s also filled with struggle and fight for survival. A cactus has to endure the harshness of the sun and the coldness of the night, a daily courage that is all too close to us. The artworks shown here try to reflect and represent, despite social challenges, a truly Cambodian determination to thrive and flourish.

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“Thrive”

“My City” Solo Exhibition

Artillery-Siem Reap

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The dream of breaking the cycle, reflections of hopeful futures, personal identities within social classes and hierarchies. Rena Chheang’s paintings investigate the multitude of lives in a Cambodian city, the condition of its inhabitants and their different and highly individual paths to development and happiness. Stories of Buddhist monks, street kids or survivors of Khmer Rouge, her canvas aim to be a visual poetry about Cambodian society, a storytelling tool for a country in its process of growing up.

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“My City”

 

“The Standing Rubble” Solo Exhibition

Meta House

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The Standing Rubble is a collection of six paintings on canvas of architectural iconic sites in the Capital with the intent to explore the richness of Cambodia’s civilization before it collapsed.

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“The Standing Rubble”

“Oil Pastel Scenic Collection” Solo Exhibition

Mere Cafe

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“Oil Pastels Scenic Collection”

“Paradise Within” First Solo Exhibition

ARTillery-Phnom Penh

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“Paradise Within”

“Bitter Ashes of the Lost”
16/20″
Acrylic on Canvas
SOLD
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“Elephant”
20/24″
Oil on Canvas
SOLD
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“Mother Earth”
A Mural Painting (staircase landing)
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“Depiction of Election Fraud in Cambodia”
11/14″
Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by true events
SOLD
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“Adam and Eve after the Fall”
11/14″
Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired Paradise Lost
Not Available
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“Teardrop”
11/14″
Oil Pastel on Canvas
Not Available
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“Little Girl and Her Banana”
16/20″
Acrylic + Pentel Poster on Canvas
SOLD

I was flattered when asked me to paint something for Asian Hope’s new office space in exchange for a big check! I wanted to paint something in relation to Cambodia (for that is their ministry’s focused location now). Then I remembered a photograph I took awhile back in 2007 of a little girl sitting in the rain on a road divider begging for food. As our van came to a stop, due to the stop light, one of my sisters handed her a banana. Before we took off again I managed to snap a photograph of her with her banana. Never once did I forget that photograph. The loneliness and the sadness in her eyes touched my heart. I could’ve been that little girl, lost and all alone… but God had a different plan for my life.

The blacks in the painting represent other people. The reason why they are just lines and scribbles is because the little girl is all alone lost in her own world. The yellows represent people that have passed her and have blessed her with food and other goods. The browns, the dark blues, the grays, the greenish grays represent the sad world that she is stuck in.

“Reflection of the Imagination”
16/20″
Acrylic on Canvas
Not Available

“Girl in the Rain”
11/14″
Acrylic + Postel Paint on Canvas
SOLD

“Colorado Sunset”
11/14″
Acrylic + Postel Paint on Canvas
SOLD

This beautiful luxurious sunset is what I see every evening, so I decided to capture it with a painting! It took me about 4 hours, 3 hours just focusing on the sky alone! It was hard to capture perfectly, but that just reminds me even more of how great an artist God is!

“Swain Maiden”
11/14″
Postel Paint
SOLD

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