Mong Yen was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He came to Canada in 1980 as a refugee.
After learning English and acclimatising himself to his new home, Mong attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation he started working as an engineer, although throughout his career he never detached himself from his love of nature. He sketched and painted in every possible opportunity in his spare time.
Mong is mostly self-taught, continuously learning, mainly by studying the works of the old masters, in particular he is inspired by the works of the great American artist Andrew Wyeth. Mong primarily paints watercolours by applying the technique of egg tempera painting with dry brush.
Mong chooses his subject matter from the nature, which reminds him of his childhood. He sketches in pencil and does studies in watercolour, then moves on to creates a painting based on these sketches and studies.
Mong has had a number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and in the U.S. His paintings are in private collections in Canada, U.S. and Japan. Mong lives with his wife and two sons in Coquitlam, B.C.