Posts Tagged ‘vietnamese’

Artist of the moment……………Pham An Hai




Pham An Hai is a wonderful abstract artist born in Hanoi, Vietnam.  in the year 1967.

An Hai attended the Hanoi Institute of Fine Arts.

Though best known for his abstract works the artist has also experimented with Expressionist and figure painting.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Pham An Hai has a great sense of color. The artist seems to apply paint using many different ways of applying paint giving the surface a wonderful variety texture that is a visual feast for the eyes.


In this clip a short documentary on Pham An Hai:

A favorite subject matter for Pham An Hai is the lotus plant. An Hai sees the flower as a great symbol for his beloved hometown of Hanoi.


Artist of the moment…….Diem Chau

Diem Chau is one of my favorite sculptors in the world because of her medium of choice, Crayola color crayons and sometimes graphite pencils. I was stunned with the amount of detail and the life that seemed to exist in the tips of pencils and crayons used by the artist. Diem Chau was born in Saigon, Vietnam in the year 1979. Her family emigrated to the United States in 1986.

For her collegiate studies Chau attended Cornish College of the Arts located in Seattle, Washington.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a great selection of works by Diem Chau. I am sure you will want to go buy a new box of crayons and try sculpting a work for yourself:

What I like most about this artist is that most people who read this site have gone through hundreds if not thousands of pencils and crayons, yet how many of us have thought about using it as a medium itself! Amazing! Like the Inuit people who carve from antlers or whalebone, its a great example of an artist using what they have to make something beautiful!

The artist also enjoys working with fabric and thread.

A link to the website of Diem Chau. I must add its a great time for visit as the artist is selling one her carved pencil works:


Artists working with the face and the figure…..Nguyen Thanh Binh

The artist was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1954.

Attended Vietnam fine art college. Also attended Ho Chih Minh Art University.

On line and land based galleries:   Souls of Asia    Phuket, Thailand.

A short video montage of works done by the artist.

A link to the artist’s homepage:

I enjoy the artist for his portrayal of Vietnamese  women usually caught in a moment of bliss, excitement, or having fun.I think of the artist has having design patterns similar to those of Mary Cassatt. The moods of his works are easy to decipher.

Works with oils on canvas. Many paintings have one or more sides measuring around thirty inches.

One favorite subject of the artists’ collectors is his paintings of women and children dressed in white, purple, and sometimes red. He paints the figure against a soft earth tone that makes the figure stand out. Great negative shapes are formed in the shapes between characters.

low price range:  $2,000

high price range: $6,000

A link to the artist’s own webpage.

To try and create a similar type of image, next time you are at the grocery store ask for an extra paper bag. Cut a long rectangle shape out of it to use instead of canvas. Then use some acrylic paints to insert an image on top leaving the earth tones of the bag. The artist is well known for his paintings with an earth toned background with fun colors such as red, white, blue, and beige.

To inspire himself the artist reads Japanese poetry such as the “Haiku”. He also enjoys listening to classical music. He enjoys the Haiku as its so simple for everyone to understand and comprehend the ideas behind the story

A relatively slow painter taking from weeks to years to finish a certain piece.

I hope you at least try to do one piece of art in more an eastern way of thinking, concentrating on the negative spaces and keeping a flow in the picture.

Happy painting!