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...]

Vietnam Art – The Complex Minimalism Of Le Thiet Cuong

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By: Jim Olivero Seeing paintings by Le Thiet Cuong at "Like a Nil" exhibition, many may think that it is very easy to copy his paintings, but that's just a joke, the way to Le Thiet Cuong's irreducibility is anything but simple. In art, people often love complicated techniques and many lose themselves in that maze of complication their whole life. Only some can escape from the maze to define their own language of creativeness and most of them choose simplicity. This simplicity may be … [Read more...]

The Awakening of Hanoi [Part 2]

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By JENNIFER CONLIN Published: February 18, 2007 “We were the first private art gallery to open after doi moi,” she said referring to the Communist government's decision in 1986 to allow foreign trade and private ownership. A poet's daughter who grew up around artists — many of whom painted her portrait as a child — Mai opened her original gallery in 1993 with the help of her parents. “Previously, every gallery was state owned, and Vietnamese contemporary art was anonymous to the rest of … [Read more...]

Book: Separate Paths – Vietnam Contemporary Fine Art

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Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US$65.00 Description: An impressive collection of today's top contemporary artists with works by the master Nguyen Tu Nghiem, followed by: Thanh Binh, Thanh Chuong, Le Thiet Cuong, Hong Viet Dung, Dang Xuan Hoa, Bui Huu Hung, Vo Ta Hung, Dao Hai Phong, Quang Dong Phuong, Dinh Quan, Do Son, Le Thanh Son, Le Vuong and Hoang Phuong Vy. Published in 2001 by Dragon Gallery, HaNoi, VN. 155 pages, hard cover, 26 cm x 30 cm. Bilingual – Vietnamese, … [Read more...]

Photo-painting exhibition scheduled in September

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The exhibition of paintings by Dao Hai Phong and photos by Ngoc Thai will be held in Hanoi this September. The duo exhibition will take place at Hotel de l'Opéra on September 7-9, 2011. This will be the dialogue between colorful oil paintings by senior artist Dao Hai Phong and black-and-white photos by Ngoc Thai. The event's artistic manager is famous painter, Le Thiet Cuong. Cuong will also introduce his one painting at the exhibition. The exhibition is part of the series of cultural and art … [Read more...]

A glimpse of contemporary Vietnamese Art

By art critic Duong Tuong, 2000 It is not very long since Vietnamese art in general and contemporary Vietnamese art in particular emerged from unrecognition - I'd rather say anonymity - to have its say on the world's art scene. For a long period, scholars and researchers in the West were prone to dismiss Vietnamese culture as a wan replica of Chinese or a mishmash of French-Chinese-Indian cultures. That VietNam owes much to those great civilizations iscundeniable, but it in no way means that … [Read more...]