Madeleine’s association with Cambodia spans several decades. As a journalist, she arrived in Phnom Penh in 1992 after the Paris Peace Accord to report on the elections. She then served for 15 years until 2005 as manager for TV5 Asia Bureau – Asia region – based out of Phnom Penh and Bangkok.
She chose to stay in Cambodia where she pursues her passion to attract global interest in the talent of Cambodian artists. By drawing upon her extensive knowledge of Cambodian art, and her respect for the richness of Cambodian culture, she uses her talents to be an advocate and promoter of the emerging art scene. To stimulate that cultural growth, something almost destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, she dedicates a large part of her time and her personal finances to aid Cambodian artists in developing their craft, and to creating venues to publically display their work.
In 2010, she founded ReCreation, a “one-woman” organization, to umbrella the first-ever invitational exhibition of local artists under one roof. That premier exhibition was called “Salon des Créateurs”. The yearly event has now become an important part of the Cambodian Arts calendar. In 2012, Madeleine brought the prestigious auction house CHRISTIE’S Paris to Phnom Penh to conduct a charity auction; their first such event in Asia. March 2014 will see the return of CHRISTIE’S for a second charity auction.
Jean Morel is a specialist in Public Law and Economic Development. He is co-author of Se mettre à son compte – Mode d’ emploi, – a work that encourages the creation of sole proprietorship. Published by Dunod, France, the book is now in its seventh edition. Jean first arrived in Cambodia in 1992 after the Paris Peace Accord to serve as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, and continued in his advisory role to three succeeding Prime Ministers. During his initial seven-year residency in Phnom Penh, he founded the company Editions du Mekong that published the regional magazine “Le Mekong” and newspaper Cambodge Soir. He also founded the French NGO “AMICA”, and established the AMICA Olympic Sports Club. In 1999, Jean returned to France where he was responsible for the fight against corruption in public markets under authority of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He then became Director of Competition and Fraud Prevention in two regional governments, first in Vosges and then Champagne.
Jean’s interest in Southeast Asia’s rich culture and innovative artistic talent drew him back to the region in 2004 where he assisted in the creation of the restaurant Vatel at International College Silpakorn (SUIC), and published articles entitled “Les Cambodgiennes” and “Un autre genre” at Thammasat University, Bangkok. As a professor at the University of Fine Arts of Thailand – Silpakorn U., he currently teaches a course on “Tableware and Table manners and French Influence and Style”. The University also published his work entitled La Civilisation française. Currently, Jean is Head of Legal Advocacy and Logistics for ASIECONSULT. At ReCreation, Jean establishes contact with artists and designers and then works to support their work.
Consultant Arts Cambodia
Matthew Tito Cuenca is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City. He was also design professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of New York), and an art instructor at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia.
As a fashion designer he was the Design Director for Bill Blass Sportswear and the Head Designer for Oleg Cassini Couture. He has also designed for J.Crew, Calvin Klein, Adolfo, Andrew Fezza and Joseph Aboud.
As an artist he has exhibited for over 30 years, starting at the age of 10 with the Mayor’s Award at the Jacksonville Museum in Florida. Specializing in figurative art and portraiture he has exhibited in four continents, illustrated over twenty books, and freelances as a conceptual designer for various movies, games and books. He has also styled for numerous fashion and style magazines and catalogs in New York and California.
Matthew first arrived in Cambodia in 2005 for a 3-year with the US State Department. He worked as the Community Liaison Officer at the US Embassy from 2006-2008. He then began a new career as a jewelry designer creating one-of-a-kind originals for members of of the Cambodian Royal Family and local dignitaries. He returned back to Cambodia in 2011, again with the US Embassy. This time his has chosen to focus on raising the artistic profile of Cambodian and local artists curating and producing art exhibitions and performance via television, internet and written media.
Currently, Matthew is the Art Consultant and Event Organizer for ReCreation. He is responsible for art direction, styling and media presentations regarding ReCreation’s image and their sponsored events.
James arrived in Cambodia in November 2011 and quickly found much to admire in the national art scene, but soon realized it was not receiving the global attention that it deserved. He was confident that a re-emerging Cambodian arts tradition would only be strengthened and enriched if shared with the world.
In 2012, James had the pleasure to work with ReCreation during the first CHRISTIE’S charity auction, and now continues his involvement as a member of the board of ReCreation preparing for the return of CHRISTIE’S in March of 2014, and organizing the newly created three-month art exhibition, Galerie des Arts. James is passionate about supporting the fine arts and brings his experience in event planning, organizational know-how, a B.A. in English Literature from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Française from l’Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France to help shine a global spotlight on the works of a rich, innovative Cambodian arts tradition.