Srey Bandaul, co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak, stands among sculptures and paintings in a gallery, in a photo provided by Phare.

Artist, Phare School Founder Dies From Covid-19 at Age 49

Srey Bandaul, 49, one of the founders of world-renowned art school Phare Ponleu Selpak, died from Covid-19 on Wednesday evening. “He passionately believed in arts as a tool to heal. Arts healed him and made him a more peaceful person. He truly embodied the arts,” the school’s director said.