TRIBE Art Gallery was born out of a passion for art and a love for Cambodia and the knowledge that Art is a fundamental part of human and cultural expresssion.
TRIBE's mission is to find, support, nurture, develop and show Khmer artists in a gallery setting connecting them to the international art market.
TRIBE invites and works with established international artists. Where they show their work, run workshops for Khmer artists where they will share both their stories and techniques.
Owner & Curator
Nat Di Maggio
Known as Nat to his friends, Natale Antonino Di Maggio is a British born Art Curator, who currently lives and works in Cambodia.
Demonstrating an interest in the arts from the tender age of seven, Di Maggio eventually became a freelance art curator in the UK managing collections ranging from school art projects to Turner Prize-winning pieces. One of the most memorable experiences from this period of his career was being awarded the 2016 Citizen Of The Year for a community art project in East London.
In 2008, Di Maggio and his partner of 30 years, Terry, began travelling to Southeast Asia, where they fell in love with Cambodia, her culture and her people – leading to the opening of the Tribe Art Gallery in Siem Reap in 2018. Besides nurturing, supporting and enabling both established and emerging local Khmer talent to realise their global potential, the gallery also regularly invited international artists to showcase their work, share their experiences and skills, and tell their stories.
The sad and sudden passing of Terry in 2020 coupled with the global pandemic led Nat to take the decision to close the gallery in Siem Reap and relocate to Phnom Penh.
With the relocation, Nat shifted the focus of Tribe Art, Cambodia from a physical gallery space towards the curation of temporary exhibitions and other art related events at venues across the city including Rosewood, Hyatt Regency and Seekers. Through this shift, he has been able to showcase the talents of a much broader range of Cambodian artists as well as engaging more with artists throughout the SE Asia region and beyond. With travel across the region once again a possibility, Nat regularly takes time to visit other countries in SE Asia to explore and discover new artists to showcase.
As a curator, Nat focuses on reflecting the state of the world through emotions, connections, opinions and reflections, while giving a voice to Southeast Asian artists who are heralding new directions in art. He strongly believes that art straddles beliefs and cultures, does not discriminate the poor from the rich or the young from the old. Ultimately, he sees art as a means to enlighten, inform, comfort and above all connect us to each other.