All posts tagged: artist

Lao-Diaspora-of-the-Week: Sayon Syprasoueth

This week, LLOTP continues our brief feature series, introducing you to the creatives and organizers of the Lao American Writers Summit 2016. Meet Sayon, a Lao Cambodian American who is curating the artist exhibitions during the summit. Who are you? Here’s my bio: Sayon Syprasoeuth, MFA is Lao-Nyaw, an American citizen who was born in Battambang,Cambodia. He works as a Program Coordinator for Living Arts Long Beach at UnitedCambodian Community Center. He is a visual artist who advances mixed-media across painting, sculpting, filming, and photographing; his art is representative ofexistential challenges, contradictory identities, and spiritual and metaphysicaldimensions of reality. He has been an art instructor at Long Beach City College andparticipates in various arts organizations, such as the Goethe Institute, ARENA 1,Orange County Contemporary Center for Art. His recent curating and exhibitingproject promoted GHOSTS, which focused on memory, generational impact ofviolence and genocide, and the aftermath of selected and suppressed memories thatare pathways into lived experiences.Sayon’s most recent published work has been featured on the cover of BOOM Journal magazine, Getting Religion, a USC publication (Getting Religion: …

Inspiration, Roots and Memory: An interview with Sayon Syprasoeuth

Little Laos on the Prairie has enjoyed the work of Lao American artist Sayon Syprasoeuth for quite some time now. His journey to the US reminds us of the enormous complexity of the Lao diaspora, with many of his early years spent in Cambodia prior to coming to the US. A graduate from California State University Long Beach, he received his Master in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. Sayon Syprasoeuth was born in Cambodia and raised in Thai refugee camps. His family came to the US in 1979. His art incorporates memories, spirituality, nature and culture. He’s very interested in social hybrids and cross-cultural references, often combining Eastern sources with Western sensibilities. He has shown in Phnom Penh, Berlin, China, Los Angeles and throughout the United States. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Arts Council, and many of our readers had a chance to meet him during the National Lao American Symposium and Writers Summit in Minneapolis this year. He currently resides in Southern California, and you …