Scholars have paid much attention to a younger generation of contemporary Vietnamese artists working after the Doi Moi economic reforms of 1989, but little has been written about the influential artists who trained during the Indochina wars between 1945 and 1975. Art Radar travels back in time to meet five of these artists.
Pham Thanh Tam, ‘Khe Sanh’, 1967, watercolour on paper, 14.5 x 20 cm. Image courtesy the Witness Collection.
Saigon National College of Fine Art graduate (1965) Nguyen Lam was born in 1941 in Can Tho, and is known as a master in oil painting and wood lacquer. The artist was selected to exhibit his works in the Paris Biennale in 1961 and 1963. He won the Silver Medal from the Spring Exhibition in 1962 and the Certificate of Honour for the first International Art Exhibition in Saigon in 1962. He has exhibited in France, New Delhi, Malaysia, the United States, Japan, Thailand, Belgium and Singapore, and his works can be found in the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum. His recent works include modern, minimalist abstractions inspired by calligraphy.
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