Nguyen Quang Huy

Born in 1971 in Ha Tay in Vietnam’s north, Nguyen Quang Huy completed his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi in 1996. He has been participating in artist in residence programs in Germany, Australia, China and the USA, and thus belongs to the first generation of artists who could act independently from the artists’ association and take part in international exhibitions. In the early 1990s, he primarily collaborated with Nguyen Minh Thanh and Nguyen Van Cuong (Triade de Hanoi). His blue, large-scale portraits of women and his video installations are dedicated to the life of women in Vietnam, focussing on the working population. His works have been presented in several solo exhibitions in Vietnam, France and Germany, as well as in group exhibitions in various cities in Asia, the US, Australia and Europe, for instance in the exhibition Paris Hanoi Saigon in the Pavillon des Arts in Paris in 1998, or Gap Vietnam in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in 1999. A number of his works are included in the collection of the Fukuoka Art Museum in Tokyo as well as the World Bank Art Program in Washington, DC.  Nguyen Quang Huy depicts women of his country with a series of paintings of a blue tone, within which is perceived a marked evolution from 2000 to 2009. Investigations of Buddhism and pop art turn towards photorealism, we sense the evolution of style, despite the recurrent theme of feminism. The video acts as a mirror to his paintings, traversing the lives of these unknown mothers, those who built Vietnam. (ifa and Marie Terrieux)

Nguyen Minh Thanh

Nguyen Minh Thanh was born in 1971 in Hanoi and in 1996 graduated from Vietnam University of Fine Arts. Now he is living and working in Dalat. Nguyen Minh Thanh is considered as one of a small group of “pioneers” of Vietnamese contemporary art: Hanoi artists who were among the first to display their work internationally, and who significantly influenced the subsequent development of contemporary art in Hanoi.  The work of Nguyen Minh Thanh, mainly in Chinese ink and watercolor on handmade Vietnamese dó paper, is marked by his use of what appears to be his own portrait in his meditative and spiritual explorations. He stated: ‘I believe that inside of each person there is real and perfect beauty – we cannot see it but we feel it. I would like to remind people that beneath our mind there is peace and from there, everything will begin.’ (Friederike Krentz and Brian Ring)

Nguyen Thanh Truc

Born in 1969, Nguyen Thanh Truc graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University in 1993. Nguyen Thanh Truc began his career making calm and poetic mixed media paintings that incorporated mosquito netting, string and paper, in which space and atmosphere mingled with the changing effects of light. He then abandoned collage techniques to explore the surface of the artwork with rich paint density, in a series of heavily built-up monochromatic paintings on board. ‘Painting is a sequence of experience. I usually work on many paintings at once. I try to simplify as far as possible the colors, figures, and lines in my paintings.’ (Quynh Pham)

Nguyen Manh Hung

Born in 1976, raised and educated in Hanoi, Hung makes art that reflects the comical situations arising from the rapid yet piecemeal processes of domestic urbanization and modernization. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he is equally at ease painting as he is creating large-scale installations or exploring sound art. Hung’s particular realist style encompasses a distinctive sense of playfulness and humor that sets him apart from previous generations of artists. As the son of a jet fighter pilot, he draws on the personal in his paintings of aircraft. Depicting military equipment combines with oversized grocery items or working for rice harvest, Hung’s surreal scenes humorously morph a symbol of destruction with conduits of hope, benevolence and joy.  Hung is also know as former art director of Nha San Studio (from 2008 to 2011), the first non profit artist led art space for contemporary art in Hanoi since 1998. He supports young artists to analyzie and realized their work at Nha San.

Le Quoc Thanh

Born in 1975 in Da Nang, Le Quoc Thanh is a self-taught artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He began making art in 1993 and has been working on his craft ever since, consistently producing new work and refining his practice in spite of the fact that his work has rarely been exhibited over the years; ambivalent to the trends and demands of the art market, he is known to stay in his studio day-in day-out, pursuing his artistic vision with exceptional sincerity and dedication. Employing painting and assemblage as his primary media (and often blending the boundaries between the two, as when he incorporates found objects and snippets of text into his paintings), his work possesses a character entirely of its own, drawing not only from traditional art reference points, but also eastern and western mythology and philosophy, the artist’s personal history, and the ubiquitous landscape of globalized material culture.

Le Hoang Bich Phuong

Le Hoang Bich Phuong is one of Vietnam’s most promising young artists whose study of Vietnamese and Japanese silk painting traditions has greatly influenced her own unique style and technique. Influenced by the ukiyo-e tradition, while also drawn to the popular world of the comic, her strong command of line and color creates an ethereal, near surreal presence. A graduate of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, she was awarded an artist-in-residence in Sapporo, Japan, as part of the ‘JENESYS Program: Invitation Program for Creators’ of the Japan Foundation in 2011 and that same year was also one of the finalists for the DOGMA Art Prize in self-portraiture. In 2010 she was finalist in the ‘Talent Prize’ of the Cultural Development and Exchange Fund. Recent exhibitions include ‘Sapporo Biennale 2011’, Sapporo, Japan, 2011; ‘Shaping a line’, Sàn Art, 2011; ‘Saigon Contemporary’, La Lanta Fine Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, 2011. (sàn art)

La Huy

Born in 1979 in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, the artist graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts in 2004 and started out as a painter. He then made a fated discovery of the wax medium, inspiring a radical shift in practice.  La Huy has stated that working with wax provides him with more fulfillment than does any other material. Whereas wax art often possesses ironic, kitschy, or grotesque aspects, his sculptures are stately as stone and sacred as ghosts. (Jia H. Jung)