Piteak "About Pol Pot"
Oil painting 100 x 120 cm
ABOUT POL POTBy : PITEAKCambodia/ Born 1967ARTIST CV
My painting is about Pol Pot who graduated from a Paris university and joined the Indochinese
Communist Party, which then consisted of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Certain foreign parties had
long wanted to remove King Sihanouk from the Indochinese Communist Party as his clan had lasted many
generations. Interested foreign parties promoted Comrade Pol Pot to be the leader of the Kampuchea
Communist Party. In the joint agreement made by King Sihanouk and Ho Chi Minh the two agreed
to give back a particular piece of territory of lower Khmer to the Cambodian government.
Vietnam did not comply with this agreement, so Pol Pot was against Vietnam.
Pol Pot grew fearful of his own shadow and started to get rid of his comrades who
had been trained in Vietnam. He killed more than 3 million members of his own race.
The words "to be killed" were disguised as "to go to study" and given as an order from
PITEAKCambodia/ Born 1967
In 1994 Piteak became a monk to return a good deed to his parents and then left precept in 1997
and began painting. He painted and sketched classical drawings of the Ramayana story for His Majesty
Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk in Preachkeomorakot Cathedral. Based on classical drawings, accessible
materials and modern visual icons, Piteak’s work reflects his personal journey as an artist and a street