"One said that painting is one of ways to recognize the World but I want to add that it's also a way to love the World.
Before people's eyes, the painter opens images of the World which has been seen by eyes of his soul. The painter creates a new World to love and maintain."
- Thanh Chuong -
Vietnamese, born 1949
Thanh Chuong was born in 1949 and attended the Vietnam University of Fine Arts. At age 7, he won the gold prize at the International Children's Painting Competition. His highly sophisticated and singular style has become a brand name called Thanh Chuong, and a symbol of contemporary Vietnam.
Thus, Thanh Chuong’s painting embodies a profound folk sensibility, from his subject matter to his use of color and line to his flat, conventionalized, decorative shapes. While his paintings are likened to modern Vietnamese folk art, Thanh Chuong relates to
a broader sense, "It has been said, painting is one way to recognize the world, but I want to add it is also a way to love the world. Before people's eyes, the painter opens images of the world, which have been seen by the eyes of his soul, and the painter creates a new world to love and maintain."
Thanh Chuong’s paintings are suffused with the spirit of children’s songs, rural activities, and the colors of cheerful village festivals, combined with an eye for unusual configurations, mischief, imagination, and contemporary design. The bright colored works are clearly inspired by cubism and Picasso's paintings in particular. Some of his paintings have been chosen to be printed both as UNICEF cards as well as stamps. Thanh Chuong has exerted a significant influence on the generation of young artists working in the “doi moi” (renovation) era. It would be impossible to discuss contemporary Vietnamese art without mentioning his name, for his unique style and language have made an indelible mark on Vietnamese art. Thanh Chuong is the leading contemporary folk painter in Vietnam today.
1956: Golden Award International Art Competition, London, United Kingdom
1960: Attended Hanoi College of Art
1974: Artist at Thong Nhat Newspaper
1974: Bronze Medallion, International Graphic Exhibition, Czech Republic
1975-2009: Artist at Literary Art Magazine
1980, 1984, 1988: First Place, Literary Art Magazine Illustration Exhibition
1994: Second Place Graphic Exhibition, Vietnam Figurative Artists Association
2001: "LOVE" artwork achieved United Nations Award, published as stamp
2010: Member of Vietnam Art Association, Chairman of Art Council, Major Graphic.
2013: "Hong Bang" exhibition in Hai Phong.
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. "