PHAM AN HAI
Vietnamese, born 1967
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. "
" Many of my creations are based on daily life. The subjects of my art express and describe the beauty, the poetry, the romance and also the rural towns, the damaged culture and environment by migrations of people moving to cities from the countryside. The art sends a powerful message of the necessity to preserve the balance of our environment.
Recently the movement of feelings & visions has led me to express the broader culture and mankind. For example, the "culture" of drinking tea. When I say the culture, I am referring to more than the act of drinking a cup of tea. I am talking about intention and an understanding of the history of tea on society. This type of understanding comes through in art.
Through the teapot, I am conveying the elegance of Asian culture, conversations over a cup of tea, and the graceful experience of getting to know one another. This is slowly disappearing, as life seems to be more urgent and fast-paced."
- Pham An Hai -
Pham An Hai was born in 1967 in Hanoi and received his Master of Fine Arts from the Vietnam University of Fine Art in 1995.
He is one of Southeast Asia’s foremost abstract painters. While he began his career in expressionism, he is also a talented figurative artist. Pham An Hai's oil on canvas abstract works have developed into larger and bolder canvases over the years, layered and richly textured.
His paintings are inspired by landscapes, cityscapes and nature, but he offers his own personal interpretations of these familiar themes noting, "I follow the mood of texture, through the tones of feelings obsessed by surrounding images. No matter what subject I follow, the texture is basically the nature of all my creations." In his current exhibition Teapots, he focuses on the teapot stating, "Through the teapot, I am conveying the elegance of Asian culture, conversations over a cup of tea, and the graceful experience of getting to know one another. This is slowly disappearing, as life seems to be more urgent and fast-paced."
Pham An Hai's abstract works convey a deeper meaning, as he has abandoned the natural appearance of things and increasingly constructs his art through a net consciousness and understanding of the surrounding world.
Exhibitions: 1992 - 2013
Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Luxembourg, Belgium, Thailand, USA, Japan, Italy, Korea, UAE, UK
Auctions: 2013 - 2014
Sotheby's "Modern and Contemporary South East Asia Painting," Hong Kong
Honor Certificate Recognition by Philip Morris Company in Exhibition Vietnam - Asean Contemporary fine arts in 1998, 1999, 2000
Honor Certificate Recognition by Ministry of Culture & Information in Vietnam National Fine Arts Exhibition in 2000
Honor Certificate Recognition by Vietnam Association Fine Arts in 2003
Third Prize of Vietnam Association Fine Arts in 2004
Honor Certificate Recognition by Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum 2007, 2010
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 2007, 2010
National Gallery Petronas Malaysia 2008