"Being used to live in the countryside during my childhood, the memories of the countryside had imprinted in my mind and I wished to express the purest & clearest part of my feelings of the countryside life as well as the landscape."
- Ha Tri Hieu -
HA TRI HIEU
Vietnamese, born 1959
Artist Ha Tri Hieu was born in 1959, and graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Art in 1983, where he studied pottery and lacquer.
Ha Tri Hieu is one of the founding fathers of Vietnamese contemporary art. He is a member of the ‘Gang of Five’, the first group of young artists to gain international recognition. The subject of much of Ha Tri Hieu’s poetic, expressionist work is the beauty and simplicity of rural life in Vietnam. Hieu was deeply influenced by the years he spent as a child in the countryside. Recurring images of water buffalos and stone temple dogs evoke feelings of nostalgia and the innocence of childhood.
What makes Hieu’s oil paintings unique is the symbiosis between romantic and expressionistic elements, between naïve forms and impetuously chosen colors, combined with a refined understanding of the subtleness of light. Hieu is possessed by an ardent yet shyly selfconscious passion which finds its expression in the impetuosity of colors combined with a refined subtleness of light that seems to be enlivened by a sudden outpouring of longsuppressed vitality. Featureles faces with white yawnings instead of mouths from which soar up silent songs. Cows, sometimes elongated but giving nonetheless an impression of squareness, of a quiet earthy color of soil like the peasant’s life.
England, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan
Group Exhibition: 1990
RetrospectiveVincent Van Gogh, commemorating 100 years since his passing
• Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
• National Museum of Singapore
By Phan Cam Thuong
"It’s a changing time of the Vietnam art to move to a new younger generation of artists who were born after the wars, at least from 1975 to 1980, 1990. Modern Art used to be attractive to artists of war time and Subsidized Period, and but now is no more to them. Many young artists are following three new arts: installation art, performing art and video art with direct social ideas, painting is only part of creations changing art basically which is called Post Modern Art. When the world is more globalized and “flat” according to the economists & new generation of Vietnamese, those have more opportunities to go abroad, admiring the international arts, working with international artists have been influenced more or less. However due to some of Vietnamese situations, the young democracy, the cultural life crisis, downgrades, the art industry is still not very professional, depending totally on the foreign buyers, each individual artist has to choose his own path in the society, in his life. "