Chat Piersath Chath Piersath was born in Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia, in 1970 and came to the United States as a refugee in 1981. Chath never studied painting but began painting in the year 2000 as a way of exorcising his memory of war and violence. He uses art to work with people who have been traumatized by war, social inequality and injustice and as his own personal expression. Since he returned to Cambodia for the first time in 1994, he has lived between his adopted home in the United States and in Cambodia, where he volunteers as a social worker and works as an artist. EDUCATION 2005 – 2006 2000 1993 École Nationale Supérieur des Beaux Arts, Paris, France M.A. degree, Community Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Lowell B.A. degree, New College of California, International Service and Development SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2010 2007 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 Soliloquy of a Deaf Mute – French Cultural Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Lights and Shadows - Java Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Cambodia's Faces of AIDS - Foreign Correspondence Club and the Queen's Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand Cambodian Expressions - Boot Mills Gallery, Lowell, Massachusetts Faces of Memory: Past and Present - South End Open Studios, Boston, MA Brush Art Gallery and Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA The Spirit of Cambodia...a Tribute - The Rhode Island Foundation Gallery, Providence, GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2007 2004 2004 2003 2003 Contagious Love - a group exhibit at TGC Nordica, Kunming, China Guide - French Cultural Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Meik Sratum - Cambodian Living Arts House" - Phnom Penh, Cambodia, JanuaryOutsider Art - Java Gallery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Emerging Voices/Healing Souls: Contemporary Cambodian Artists in the Aftermath of War - La Boniche Restaurant, Lowell, Massachusetts PUBLICATIONS “Sinat and the Instrument of the Heart” by Chath Piersath, illustratred by Vann Nath and Phal Pouriseth, Southprints, 2009. "Where the Road Begins, an anthology" - Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL). Kathy Devlin, Matthew Miller, LZ Nunn and Ggi Thibodeau, eds. 2007. "The way I want to remember my Cambodia" - The Merrimack Literary Review. Ron Rowland & Greg Water, eds. 2004. "Inching Toward Acceptance" - Commonwealth Magazine, June, 2002. "An Invocation for Cambodia" - Prayers for a Thousand Years. Elizabeth J. Roberts and Elias Amidon, eds. 1999. “Poems and journal,”http://ecommunity.uml.edu/bridge/review5/piersath/index.htm, 1997. "Letter to my Mother" - Children of the Killing Fields: Memoir of Survivors. Compiled by Dith Pran; Kim DePaul, ed. 1994.