Samnang Riebe is a Cambodian American Visual Artist from Boston, Massachusetts. He received his MFA in 2D Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2015. Riebe is a 2015 Vermont Studio Center Fellow. He currently teaches Drawing and Painting at UMass Lowell’s Department of Art & Design. While Riebe considers himself predominantly a painter, his practice has become more interdisciplinary, involved in papermaking, printmaking, digital media, plastic- thermoforming, and more traditional sculpture-specific mediums. His personal work studio also resides in the city of Lowell. His most recent sculptural-painting works are currently on view at the Boston University Stone Gallery summer exhibition, Field Visions.
Being of a place, being of a family, belonging to–– or conversely being ‘of-or-on the other side', there is richly packed meaning within those ideas that I have found worth investigating through painting and object-making. With consideration of my own multi-racial identity, multi-cultural upbringing, and more broadly of the current times, the most recent 'Skeletons” Series speaks to the frustrations, tensions, barriers, and conflict between us and those we love.