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Le 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.

Le 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.

Art 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>)



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