Nguyen Minh Phuoc

Artist Story
During a meeting with a venerable monk, Minh Phuoc was told that despite his years of meditation, he never really found Buddha. As Minh Phuoc pondered about his own life journey, he realized that what he initially perceived as a Monk’s lament was in fact a wise piece of advice.

 

In life, there is no final destination. One is constantly searching and embarking on a journey. It is a journey of multiple destinations. The destinations are to be discovered and set by no one but himself. But while each of us embarks on our journey, we should also not hesitate to help others along the way.

 

Minh Phuoc reflects this ‘journey of life’ in his paintings. All the monks in his paintings turn away from the audience. They embark on their own’s life journey. Sometimes alone, sometimes sharing the journey with others.

 

Biography

1973 - Born in Son La, Vietnam
1997 - Graduated from Hanoi Fine Art Institute
1997 - 2000 Lecturer, National Pedagogy of Music and Painting College
2000 - Solo Exhibition Go West Nha San Studio Hanoi, Vietnam
2002 - Solo Exhibition, My Inconsistency, Private Studio Hanoi, Vietnam
2003 - Solo Exhibition Untitled at Genkan Gallery, Tokyo American Club, Japan
2004 - Co Founder, Ryllega, Experimental Contemporary Art Gallery
2005 - Solo Exhibition Patch Wings Up, gallery Nord, Berlin, Germany
2007 - Solo Exhibition – Unhappy Dragon at Ryllega Gallery Hanoi, Vietnam
2008 - Program Director of Dong Son Today Direction

 

Nguyen Tuan

Artist Story

Tuan said that he enjoyed playing with mud clay since young. Hence, it was only natural that he studied ceramic sculpture at the university. His talent for molding clay into highly emotive art was recognized when he held his major solo exhibition at Hanoi’s Museum of Fine Arts.

 

Entitled Buddha’s Dream, the collection came about after he was invited to participate in a temple restoration project in a mountain. While he was there, he heard the sound of prayers and the wooden bell, being struck by the monks. The crisp and incense scented mountain air inspired him to mull over his city life and how chaotic and meaningless it was. During his breaks at work, Tuan learned Buddhism philosophy from the monks. He returned to his city life with much more peace in heart. It was also then that he suddenly saw Buddha’s image in the ordinary people. Be they passengers waiting at the bus stop or the labours working on the street.

 

“I saw it in a little boy while he was sleeping intermittently in my pottery studio. I could see it in a woman in the pottery village where I worked. I caught glimpses of it in the smiling faces of brothers and friends I loved, while we were having food together. I saw many beautiful things around me that I could not see clearly before. Everything came up in a sound and bright way. This was my inspiration for the following series of terracotta sculptures.”
 
Biography

1981 - Born in Hai Dong
2006 - Graduate from the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts
2008 - Exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture in V Arty Space, Hanoi
2008 - Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition at the Metropole Hotel, Hanoi
2010 - Exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture “Buddha’s Dream” at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
2010 - Received the Young Creative Award at Onggi Expo, Ulsan Korea 2010
2013 - Exhibition of ‘Vision’ – a joint exhibition with Naoko Tosa. Organised by LWH Gallery and MAD Museum, Singapore.

 

Ngo Van Sac

Artist Story
My art work is about desires, the tension between real life and fantasies and the complicated relationships among humans. I want to show my emotions and share my own stories. I am interested in artworks that are created from different materials, such as wood cut combined with newspaper, sand or acrylic. I like strong renderings of figure, the effect of different surface textures and strong contrast between black and white. The inspiration for my work comes from my daily life.

 

Concrete figurative details and simple empty spaces refer to both real and unreal life as well as to dreams about myself. Each circumstance creates complex emotion- whether people are alone or sitting together, talking – and this is something I want to show and share. Today, we communicate with email, cell phones and other communication technologies. The distance between humans is growing. We need to spend more time talking directly to one another and share our emotions.

 

Biography

1982 - Born in Hanoi, Vietnam
1999 - Graduated from Hanoi Institute of Fine Art
1999 - Won prize of Vietnamese Association at National Student Exhibition
2000 - Exhibited in National exhibition, Hanoi Vietnam
2001 - Exhibited in Asean Philip Morris exhibition at National Fine Art Museum, Hanoi Vietnam
2002 - Workshop in Goethe Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam
2003 - Exhibited in Asean Philip Morris Exhibition
2004 - Exhibited in Capital Exhibition, Hanoi Vietnam. Second prize at National Fine Art University Student Exhibition
2004 - Graduate with a Masters from Vietnam Fine Art University
2005 - Exhibited in National Exhibition Hanoi, Vietnam
2007 - Exhibited in 1st Malaysia International Art Expo
2008 - Graduated with Master of Fine Arts from Vietnam Fine Art University
2008 - Solo exhibition at Loft Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2008 - Group exhibition at TIME Gallery (Vienna- Austria). Workshop and exhibited in International Symposium (Kenimajor – Hungary)
2008 - Exhibited in MANIF International Art Fair (Seoul Art Central, Korea)
2009 - Solo exhibition at National fine art Museum – Hanoi Vietnam
2010 - Sketch solo exhibition at National University of Teacher, Hanoi Vietnam

 

Ly Tran Quynh Giang

Artist Story
The haunting appeal of Giang’s painting is obvious. The strokes are powerful and the underlying message seems eerily silent. The expression of pain loneliness, derived from those deep large eyes and bony fingers. Giang wishes to express her inner pain in a simple and straightforward manner – no pretension, ostentation or rebellion, but in silent acceptance – without soliciting comfort or sympathy from the viewer.

 

Biography

1978 - Born in Hanoi, Vietnam
2002 - Graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University
2002 - Solo Exhibition “Tropical Zone” at Exhibition House, Hanoi
2002 - “Bright Young Eyes” French Embassy and the Vietnamese Fine Arts Association, Hanoi Contemporary Art Center, Hanoi, Vietnam
2004 - Awarded 1st First Prize, Young Artists Competition, organised by French Embassy and the Vietnamese Fine Art Association. Prize include 3 months study at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Art
2007 - Wood Cut Exhibition at L’Espace French Cultural Center Hanoi.
2008 - Group Exhibition, Changing Identity, Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam at various cities in USA.
2009 - Where We are Now, Art Vietnam Gallery, Hanoi
2010 - The Solitary World of Ly Tran Quynh Giang, Art Vietnam Gallery
2010 - Hey are you sick Paintings at Viet Art Centre, Hanoi