Sayon Syprasoeuth is an artist, a community activist and a teacher. He received his Master of Fine Art (MFA) from Claremont Graduate University (CGU, 2007), Sayon’s collages and images are reflective of his own journey as a Cambodian refugee – from his shocking exile from his childhood village on the Cambodian-Thai border (June 1975), to his scary passage into Thailand countryside and his lost boyhood in a refugee camp where making art was his imagination safeguard – to his passage from his Buddhist-animist land to Christian America (March 1980). His work holds fast his connection to the Cambodian spirit-enhancing land, cross-cultural dimensions, and his drive to animate Apsara and other essential images of beauty alongside the grotesque. For the last eight years he has been working as an artist, community activist, social justice in the AAPI community in a nonprofit in Long Beach, California.