Thong's paintings are reminiscent of ancient wall frescoes where the
figure is only partially visible, the remainder having crumbled to dust,
yet the whole still presents a powerful image. Realistic representation
of the serene, regal faces and slender hands of his subjects blends
into a textured, abstract ground. The entire painting is suffused with a
single intense colour. The image itself has greater depth than the flat
perspective of a wall fresco, increasing the sense of immediacy and
presence. The overall impression is of a world where time is suspended
and dream and reality co-exist, a metaphor for memory itself.
Thong was born in 1961 into an artistic family. His father, Le Thiep
(1924-2000) was a well-known artist who taught at the Hanoi Fine Art
University, where Le Thong now is also a lecturer. Le Thong studied both
in Hanoi and at the Kiev Academy in Russia, where he underwent strict
and systematic training. Several of his works have been collected by the
Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum. In 1999, he won the Philip Morris
Asean Art Award and in December 2000, he was awarded a silver medal (the
highest recognition) by the National Fine Arts Exhibition.
(by Hilary Bink - art critic)
Born: 1961 in Hanoi
Graduated from Hanoi Fine Art University
Graduated from Kiev National Fine Art Institute, Russia.
Professor of Hanoi Fine Art University.
Member of Vietnam Fine Art Association
*Second prize in Capital Art Exhibition in 1993
*Asean award 1999 of Philip Morris
*Silver prize in Vietnam National Fine Art Exhibition
1998: Solo exhibition at Hanoi Studio Gallery
1999: Show in Kuala Lumpur
2001: Vietnam National Fine Art Exhibition
2001: Group show in Hong Kong
2002: Solo exhibition in Zee Stone Gallery in Hong Kong.
works are on display in Vietnam Nation Fine Art Museum.Art works are on
collection of embassadors of Norway, Italia, and on many private
collections. (England, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Holland>)