Meet Vannak, the visually impaired artist.
January 25, 2017
Prem Vannak is a visually impaired artist. He is 26 years old. Vannak studied painting in Phnom Penh and has been living and painting at Sunrise Cambodia in Siem Reap since September 2016. To date, he has created over 40 works of art. Most of his paintings are displayed in the Global Village Housing’s show house and Mday Thom Café restaurant in Siem Reap. Vannak’s mother is a manual worker and gets a laborer’s wage each day she works. Vannak always visits his mother and siblings on Public Holidays. His hope and aim is to become a famous painter as painting is his passion.
Before living in Sunrise Cambodia, Vannak lived alone with his mother after his father died in a mine explosion in 1997. Vannak has 2 younger brothers, Daracy and Mach, who has since deceased from Dengue and a sister named Polida. Vannak’s mother had a second husband named Soeun Sary and had another child, Soeun Ravuth. She was unable to support her children and send them to school, so her aunt requested Sunrise to take in and educate Vannak and his brothers.