Le Thiet Cuong

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Le Thiet Cuong was born in 1962 in Hanoi. His father, Le Nguyen, was a well respected film playwright, scriptwriter and poet and his mother, Do Phuong Thao was a famous cinematographer. As a young child, Cuong moved with his family to Binh Da village, where they escaped the American bombing of Hanoi. Cuong attended the Vietnam State Film College from 1985 - 1990 and graduated with a degree in set design and animation. Cuong began to study Tay Tang Buddhism (a Tibetan sect) after his … [Read more...]

Dinh Y Nhi & Le Thiet Cuong

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Dinh Y Nhi is widely recognised as one of the few female artists in Vietnam to have acquired a reputation that extends beyond the bounds of her country. Born in Hanoi in 1967, Nhi studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi to graduate as a professional artist in 1989, although she began painting when she was just 14 years old, initially being taught by her parents. Largely influenced by Asian Art rather than western art, she cites Chinese calligraphy and African Art as being primary … [Read more...]

”For me Simplicity is importance”

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Leids Dagblad 4-3-1998 Vietnamese artist Dang Duong Bang at Gallery Amber Leiden, The Netherland ”For me Simplicity is importance"  Leiden. Cees Van Hoore. (Translation from Dutch to English by Dr. E.M.J. Jaspars, Leiden Chemistry Institute, LeidenUniversity, Leiden, the Netherlands) The Vietnamese painter Dang Doung Bang makes an ageless impression. ”For ever young”, but without that touch of sickness that sticks to this expression. Yet Bang has quite some experiences behind him. … [Read more...]

Private Moments

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From Asian Art News, 1996 By Ian Findlay Brown While many contemporary Vietnamese artists struggle with the desire to create experimental art for the international art market, Nguyen Thanh Binh's canvasses reflect a world of poetic private moments. Over the past seven years, the appearance of Vietnamese contemporary art on the international art market was a singular surprise. For some people, there was a sense of revelation in the variety of style and the richness of the art from a … [Read more...]

Layers of Meaning

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From Asian Art News 2005 By Bradford Edwards Last year, the 22-year-old Singaporean actor and director who had a great passion for Xuan Phai's paintings wanted to bring the artistic life of painter Xuan Phai on stage. So Benny Lim met the late painter's son Bui Thanh Phuong to ask for permission to stage a monologue play about his father. The play in which Benny Lim acted as Bui Xuan Phai and together with four supporting artists featured extracts of cheo (popular opera), the art that … [Read more...]

Exalting in the glories of a humble master

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His gait was crooked, yet firm. His greying beard, thick near-sighted glasses and unadorned garb were deceiving, veiling an authoritative presence that rebounded with each of his steady steps. Nam Son held me captive from the moment he entered my first class at the Indochina College of Fine Art. Viet Nam’s most famous artist, the great professor proved an inspirational figure to me in the 1940s. Every day after his drawing class finished, I had the pleasure of his company as we rode … [Read more...]

Bùi Xuân Phái’s Artistic Career

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Bùi Xuân Phái was born in 1920 and died in 1988 in Hà Nội. He graduated from the Painting Section of the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Indochine (1941-1945 class), joined the Resistance, took part in many group exhibitions in the free zone. In 1952, he came back to Hà Nội and lived and worked at Nº87 Thuốc Bắc street until his death. From 1956 to 1957, Bùi Xuân Phái taught at the Hà Nội Fine Arts College. As a sequel to the Nhân Văn – Giai Phẩm (Humanism – Belles Lettres) movement, he was … [Read more...]

Nguyen Sang – Huge and Tender

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In the early 70's, taken by a friend on a visit to Nguyen Sang at his walk-up on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, I already decided that he was an artist of first importance of our contemporary art after 1945. This was prevailed upon me by a small-size self-portrait of light brown-yellow color in a solid wooden frame, which seemed too big for the frailty of the painting. The whole thing - the bald head, the sinewy neck, the seemingly dehydrated and hardened muscles - seemed inanimate like a big round … [Read more...]

Nguyen Sang – who travel commitment to the arts

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"If it was not art, I have the sprayed full of money I would step on the road that goes. Also for art, I can pick up a penny each to live ", that is the motto of Nguyen Sang, the artist has dedicated his life to art. With the transformation determination, pieces of colored zones hands several rooms, the structure suddenly bold next to the image layout and color longer than traditional academic, Nguyen Sang have mastered all materials, from oil painting to lacquer, from silk to pastels. The … [Read more...]