Dao Hai Phongis one of Vietnam’s most established contemporary artists. Born in 1965 into an artistic family, with his father, Dao Duc being a well-known artist, Phong started painting from the age of six and the brush has never parted him since. Phong graduated from Hanoi College of Film and Theatre in 1987 and had a successful career as Chief Designer of the Vietnam Film Studio. He won an award for his outstanding designs at the Vietnam Film Festival. However, Phong’s passion for painting never stopped growing. In the early 1990s he decided to become a professional painter and focused on developing his very unique painting style.
Phong is famous for his paintings of Hanoi and her surrounding villages, the beauty of which has been his endless source of inspiration. His main medium is oil on canvas. The atmosphere in Phong’s landscape is symbolic with bright and bold palette yet radiating tranquility, elegance and serenity.
He uses the colours to bring memories and dreams of his childhood to life – a mixture of happiness and melancholy; to tell stories about life as he sees it. In Phong’s exquisite landscapes, the audience sees a slight gloominess but also the light of hope and love for life. The iconic image of voluminous trees in his paintings is a symbol of life and strength sustained through hardship of weather and time. Human figures are rarely seen in Phong’s paintings yet there is a constant appearance of life – the warmness of the glowing light coming from a window, or the light from a corner of an old sleepy street... It’s all about the quiet yet intense beauty of human life, lit up by the magic glowing hue of yellow.
Phong is Vietnam’s most commercially successful artist. He had several solo and group exhibitions in Vietnam and overseas, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Laos, Japan, UK, Switzerland and the USA. His paintings are enthusiastically sought for and passionately collected by art lovers internationally. Dao Hai Phong’s paintings are seen as many of the finest of Vietnam’s Contemporary Art.
“I am in search of artistic beauty in the most common places” - Dao Hai Phong
“Phong’s painting is an interlocution full of philosophical meaning amongst figures, colours and light” – Tran Thuc, Art Critic and Expert Art Researcher of Vietnam Fine Art Museum.
1993: “Hanoi in the Memory” exhibition with Le ThietCuong at the Exhibition Hall of Vietnam Fine Art Association, Hanoi 1994: “The Art of Vietnam” exhibition in London 1995: "After Dark, Landscape of Light” exhibition in Hanoi – the exhibition’s proceeds went to Hanoi children’s charity 1996: "Three Contemporary Vietnamese Artist” exhibition in Hong Kong; “Independence in Hanoi” exhibition in Hanoi 1997: Exhibitions “Past and Present” and ”A View from Others” in Hanoi; "A Glimpse of Hanoi” in Ho Chi Minh City; “A View of Contemporary Art” exhibition in Vientiane, Laos;
Exhibition in Washington, USA and in Italy: "A Winding River, the Journey of Contemporary Art in Vietnam” – 1998: “Hanoi Art Exhibition” at Exhibition Hall of Vietnam Fine Art Association, Hanoi. 1999: "Pure and Piercing Color” exhibition in Switzerland. 2000: "Twilight Moment” - solo exhibition in Hong Kong and Singapore 2001: "Peaceful Moments” solo exhibitions in Ho Chi Minh City and New York, USA 2003-2004: Solo Exhibitions in Hong Kong 2005: Solo Exhibition in London and participated in charity auction for Operation Smile – “From Darkness to Light” in Vietnam 2006: Solo exhibitions in Singapore and Group exhibition in Seoul, Korea “Good morning Vietnam – Good Morning Korea” 2007: "Hanoi musings” exhibition in Hong Kong 2009: Group exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City 2015: "Gems of Hanoi - a Retrospective" - solo exhibition in Thailand
2015: Group exhibition "Treasures of Vietnam", London by Hanoi Art House
2015: Group exhibition "Gems of Vietnam", London by Hanoi Art House
2016: Autumn Exhibition, Buckinghamshire by Hanoi Art House