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
"In order to be able to drink tea, the most important thing is a Tea pot. The thing I want to talk about here is not simply about drinking tea but through the teapot, to talk about the people's lives, the Asian cultures, a true special, attractive touch but are slowly forgotten because of the fast life speed. The joy of enjoying an elegant culture is slowing disappearing, being replaced by the hi tech, the non stop of internet flows. And life seems to be more urgent. The people's care for each other is ignored let alone caring about cultures. Of course the advanced technology is necessary for our current life but the culture is less & less concerned/ cared for. The creators of those would be treated in the same way and life still goes on. It is necessary for someone like me to wake up & realize some simple things are passing and remind us to keep a culture in general and Asian culture in specific which is very humanity, healthy for the community."
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