Born: 1976 in Hai Duong province
Educated: Hanoi Fine Art University
today’s art scene in Vietnam it is quite common to encounter families
where all members are engaged in a career in painting. Children follow
their parents turning a vocation into a family tradition. These
children are raised in an environment infused with creativity and art.
They breathe in the smells of oils and the feel of the brushes before
they are old enough to understand the nature of the profession they are
forced to view artistic creativity in a more detached professional way.
painters do not have the advantage of being raised in such an
environment. They come to the world of art as if drawn by destiny. For
such artists it is often very interesting to consider the early period
of their creative activity. For such artists this it is particularly
difficult in the beginning to find the means of expressing themselves.
We often feel great energy and emotion in their early work. The most
outstanding example of this phenomenon in the past decade is the artist
Tran Viet Phu. Today we are meeting another example in Pham Dinh
Hoang. In contrast to Tran Viet Phu’s pursuit of a more realistic
style, Hoang chose to focus on abstraction.
he studies at Hanoi’s Fine Art Industrial University, Hoang never
thought that he would be a designer like his fellow students. Instead
he focused his energies primarily on his drawing classes. He hoped one
day to use his skills to work with oils.
In the works of Pham
Dinh Hoang, distinct figures and shapes disappear. Hoang pours his
deepest and most profound thoughts onto his canvasses. In these
canvasses we feel the speed of Hoang’s drawing and the movement of his
strong hand with the brush. The colors play out like a dance on his
canvas. They form images such a crowd of people hurrying along at rush
hour. We feel the cool of a light summer morning from the “street
balcony” of his studio, and the heat and darkness of a discotheque and
the smoke and smells of the bar where he worked some time as a
some of Hoang’s work we can feel the slow melody of jazz music. Some
of his recent works have been done primarily in white and black. These
works remind us of works of eastern calligraphy on rice paper. It seems
Hoang understands from his very soul how his art will integrate the
spirit of the Orient into western artistic traditions.
are just beginning to witness the flowering of Pham Dinh Hoang’s
artistic creativity. These works indicate a bright future as this
promising talent continues to mature.