Artist Dao Hai Phong : Life should not be seen with “black” artistic vision

Potrait Artist Dao Hai Phong

DON'T LOOK AT OUR SOCIETY WITH DARK ARTISTIC VISION Artist Dao Hai Phong - an outstanding character of Vietnamese Fine Arts and Paintings since the end of decade 1990 revealed his meditations on Vietnamese Fine Arts and Paintings in the near future. He also expressed much of his suspicions over identities of modern Vietnamese paintings. Although it was a period of economic downturn for the year 2012, in particular, there have been numerous individual fine art exhibitions held by many young … [Read more...]

French artist to open exhibition of cartoons in Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge - French artist Gerald Gorridge will come back to Ha Noi in November with a new exhibition of cartoons featuring portraits of Vietnamese and French people. Manh Song (Pieces of Lives) is the fruit of collaboration between five Vietnamese and French artists. After Ha Noi, the exhibition will move to the Angouleme International Comics Festival in January 2014. Gorridge works at the Casterman Editions and has been teaching the art of drawing cartoons at the L'Ecole Superieure de … [Read more...]

Pity body art

August, 2009 For the first time body art was used at a traditional festival in Vietnam, the Lanh Giang temple festival in the northern province of Ha Nam. This event created controversy as some have called the use of body art disrespectful to saints. Art critic Nguyen Hung, who has suggested organising a body-art festival next month, presents a view about this contemporary art. As an art critic, what do you think about body art at the Lanh Giang temple … [Read more...]

Extended Interview with Dinh Q. Le

dinh quan le at san art 2010

June 4, 2010This month, AsiaLIFE interviewed contemporary artist Dinh Q. Le. Printed here is an extended version of that interview. On June 30, Dinh's new three-channel installation,The Farmers and the Helicopters, will be the subject of a six-month solo exhibitionat New York's Museum of Modern Art. Contributed by Tom DiChristopher.Your installation, The Farmers and the Helicopters, includes a three-channel video and a full-size helicopter built by an engineer in Tay Ninh Province. How did this … [Read more...]

In Conversation with Artist Hoang Duong Cam


I met artist Hoang Duong Cam on an art trip to Vietnam in 2007 and was immediately struck by the impact of his artwork—at once deeply personal and thoughtful as well as fantastically creative and culturally relevant.  As I perused his website I came across a diverse range of recent and upcoming work.  I asked if I could send him a few questions with hopes of possibly unveiling a deeper understanding of the influences behind his art making…  he generously agreed. LT:   When did you know you … [Read more...]

Creativity and connection for stronger sales

Tran Viet Tien

Tuong Nguyen Tran Viet TienTran Viet Tien, managing director of Gia Long Fine Art Joint Stock Company, a member of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCMC (Hawa), had a talk with The Saigon Times Daily over creativity and connection in furniture sales. Excerpts: The Saigon Times Daily: As demand in both local and international markets has tumbled in many fields, do you see any bright signs for the woodworking, fine art and handicraft industries? - Tran Viet Tien: Producers … [Read more...]

Interview with exhibiting artists Binh Danh


What stories do the printed leaves in your pieces in The Future Is NOW: Asian America on Its Own Terms tell the viewer? When I was looking at pictures of the war, photos of civilians being wounded or killed saddened me. I imagined as they are bleeding and possibly dying, their essences sank into the ground and the memories of the event join with the landscape. For me, a photograph is always a picture of the past, but that past lives in the present moment when the image is resurrected in … [Read more...]

Painter Dao Hai Phong finds time for Hanoi


Published on February 14, 2010 | Once a year, Dao Hai Phong, the author of unique landscape paintings, goes abroad at the invitation of international exhibitions. He talks with VietNamNet about future plans. You recently had the “Destination of Peace” exhibition in Japan. What impressed you the most in this exhibition?  I was very surprised that the exhibition was not opened for Japanese people, but for Europeans and Americans who live in Japan. Japanese people like traditional … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Art Gallery Celebrates 5 Years in Virginia

By: Winyan Soo Hoo  The Lac Viet Gallery has every reason to celebrate this month. To start, the internationally-acclaimed Vietnamese artist Dinh Cuong showcased more than 150 paintings in the Arlingtongallery, bringing an assortment of new visitors. The special exhibit marks Cuong's biggest presentation, as well as the gallery's 5th anniversary in November. Sitting between weathered shops and ethnic grocers, the gallery caters to the taste of the cultured few. On the inside, the space is … [Read more...]

‘Things Everlasting’ concert unites art and music


Published on August 30, 2010 To complement musical works about Hanoi or composed by Hanoians, noted painter Dao Hai Phong has contributed 30 oil paintings of his hometown to the annual VietNamNet concert on September 2.  VietNamNet Bridge – A concert at the Hanoi Opera House on National Day will celebrate the capital city. To complement the musical works about Hanoi or composed by Hanoians, the noted painter Dao Hai Phong has contributed 30 oil paintings of his hometown. The paintings … [Read more...]