Nguyen Minh Quang
Born: 1972 in Hanoi
1998: Graduated from Hanoi Fine Art Industrial University
1999: Graduated from Hanoi Fine Art University
1999: Took part in “Life” exhibition in CEAE, Hanoi
2000: Show painting in International Museum Centre, Oslo, Norway
2000: Show painting in the Farest Museum, Swedent
Took part in National Fine Art Exhibition
2001: Group show in Contemporary Fine Art Centre
Took part in ASEAN Fine Art Exhibition
Took part in Vietnam - Norway Contemporary Fine Art in Hanoi
2002: Join in International Fine Art Exchange Festival in Korea
The first solo exhibition in Hanoi Studio
The third Prize in National Fine Art exhibition 2000.
really like lacquer painting because beneath the calm surface you can
find something in each layer like a face which hides many things beneath
it . That is what excited me." Quang said.
graduating from high school in 1990, Nguyen Minh Quang was not sure
what he wanted to do next. Probably the strongest influence on his
decision to become an artist was his training with one of Vietnam's best
known art teachers, Pham Viet Song. Quang had studied with Song from
age 8-11 and began to develop his love for painting. This love led him
to enter the Hanoi Fine Arts University in 1994; he graduated in 1999.
Quang is a shy and private young man, he speaks about his artwork with
more intensity and clarity than his 31 years would indicate. He greatly
admires fellow Hanoi artist Nguyen Tu Nghiem (b. 1922) because of his
unique style and willingness to stand alone against the global currents
of change. Quang is aware of the many influences in his life but works
hard to create images which are uniquely his own.
When asked what he feels are the greatest challenges faced by Vietnamese artists today, Quang answer,
artists must get over is ourselves. The pressures of the commercial
market are a problem, but it is even more important for an artist to
overcome what he has already accomplished and all of the earlier
influences and develop his own style and voice."
C. David Thomas
Indochina Arts Partnership. USA