Born in 1998, Soben was relatively unknown in the Cambodian art world until 2018. Following a stint working in a gallery in his native province of Siem Reap, he was inspired to take to the canvas himself, creating beautiful, colourful compositions that marry traditional and contemporary Khmer motifs. In the past year, Soben has been busy developing his signature grey-stone faces juxtaposed against vibrant, almost-psychedelic backgrounds. He has won and placed in numerous art competitions across the country, including the 2018 KBach Artist Competition and Sra’ Art Gallery's Young Artist Competition.
Besides collaborating and apprenticing with internationally renowned urban artists from the UK, Germany and Poland, Soben was also the first Khmer artist to have been officially commissioned to paint a government building in Phnom Penh. His murals can be seen across the city at the German Embassy, British Ambassador's Residence and Factory Phnom Penh.