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.”

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.