In Conversation with Artist Hoang Duong Cam

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Bui Thanh Phuong: ‘I know who I am’

  Bui Thanh Phuong started painting by chance and fortune. Being son of a very famous painter Bui Xuan Phai, he has never been taught painting as traditional ways. What he has today owing to his self-studying and Endeavour in his “big university”- his 2-square metres room in his father’s painting workshop. Here, he started his painting career and built a “Phai’s World”, launched Prize title “Bui Xuan Phai- for a love to Hanoi” and the coming Phai’s House Company. - Pround of being a … [Read more...]

Le Quang Ha’s Altered Faces

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Bangkok's art scene makes way for Le Quang Ha's bold, slightly disturbing, yet very intriguing paintings in Altered Faces. Here, he shines some light on what he is trying to convey. … [Read more...]

The Collector: Dinh Q. Le

The Vietnamese-American Artist Talks About Loss and Hoarding By ALEXANDRA A. SENO In 1978, when he was just 10 years old, Dinh Q. Le and his family -- his mother, six siblings, two aunts and a few cousins -- fled their home in Ha Tien, a town on the Mekong river delta. They had lived through the Vietnam War, which ended in 1975, but wanted to get away from continuing military skirmishes, this time between the Cambodian Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese troops. Eventually, they resettled in the U.S. … [Read more...]

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In Vietnam, a Bridge Between Cultures

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HO CHI MINH CITY—"Sàn" means "platform" in Vietnamese, and in an art scene once largely defined by fragmented communities, a conservative government, and isolation from international debates and practices, Sàn Art — one of Vietnam's first nonprofit, independently run art spaces, established in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007 by artists Dinh Q. Lê, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Phu Nam Thuc Ha, and Tiffany Chung — is certainly living up to its name. … [Read more...]