Man teaches Saigon street kids to paint in hope of better life


Seventeen years ago, fine arts student Huynh Tan Bao first came to the Thao Dan charity group to teach street children in Ho Chi Minh City. Now he has become one of the group’s veteran members. Twice a week, the 39-year-old walks around the sidewalks or bridges to meet and talk to kids who work on the street selling candy and lotteries, then asking them to draw what is in their mind. “Looking at the pictures they paint, I see their life,” Bao said. The technique Bao uses … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition showcases country’s beauty

Sac Mau Que Huong (The Country's Colours)

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Experts discuss ways to touch up Vietnam art market

Prev Next  Several experts, including a revered Swiss art history doctorate holder, have pinpointed the numerous problems that have impeded the Vietnamese art sector from thriving. >> An audio version of the story is available here

Dr. Ildegarda E. Scheidegger, a respected Swiss fine arts expert. Photo:What Vietnamese insiders have to say … [Read more...]

Artists depict soldiers in Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago in portraits

A soldier receives a portrait from an artist on Truong Sa Dong Island in the Truong Sa archipelago. Photo:

Several veteran artists have captured the soldiers in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in lifelike portraits with all their heart during a recent trip there. A delegation of 132 members from the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee paid an 11-day visit to islands and maritime platforms in the Truong Sa archipelago earlier this month. … [Read more...]

Japanese specialists revive Vietnamese silk paintings

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Japanese specialists are set to continue restoring damaged silk paintings of Nguyen Phan Chanh, a well-known painter of Viet Nam in the 19th and 20th centuries. Considering the paintings by Chanh as treasures of humanity, the experts have brought the damaged works to Japan for restoration. The restored paintings are expected to be put on display at an exhibition held in Japan during October . Chanh (1892-1984) is praised as one of Viet Nam 's foremost creators of silk paintings . During … [Read more...]

Museum of Fine Arts launches new display area

A new display area was launched at the HCMC Museum of Fine Arts in District 1 on Saturday after renovation work was completed, reports Tuoi Tre. The work is part of a project to expand the museum which was approved by the city authority way back in 2001. The museum will have two more buildings, a renovated garden and a new building for artifacts, a warehouse and offices. However, due to subjective and objective difficulties, the project has just competed the first phase to improve the … [Read more...]

Exhibition of leading artists about Hanoi

The Hanoi Opera House by Nguyen The Dung

Famous contemporary painters Le Thiet Cuong and Dao Hai Phong have joined young artists in a painting exhibition about Hanoi at the Trung Nguyen Creative Centre in Hanoi from October 15. … [Read more...]