For Son, painting is a way to play with colours, to express his personal emotions and satisfy the thirst of creativity. He is famous for interplaying light and shadow in his works. Le Thanh Son is a familiar name amongst international art lovers. Famous collectors of his paintings include President Bill Clinton, Mr. Bill Gates and Prince Andrew.
Throughout decades dedicating his life to painting, Son has established great personal achievements, with several fine arts awards and solo exhibitions in Vietnam and internationally. Son’s paintings are displayed in several museums and private collections across the world and enjoy attention and respect in the artistic circles.
Le Thanh Son - a world-renowned artist who has established his name and position in Vietnam’s contemporary art.
Le Thanh Son was born in 1962 in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the age of four, Son became a student of the young pioneer’s club to pursue his passion to paint. He graduated from Hanoi’s College of Drama and Cinematography in 1986 and is a full time artist and is a member of the Vietnam Fine Art Association.
Son’s chosen medium of expression is oil on canvas. He uses large brush strokes and applies thick paint directly to the canvas in a bold, liberal and daring yet emotional style. It's said that Son pioneered the creation of an impressionist trend in the modern Vietnam with an unique and typical Vietnamese character. He therefore has a great influence on the younger generation of Vietnamese artists.
Le Thanh Son particularly cherishes natural scenery. He sees the charm and lyricism in every scene, either it is a picture of a village, a corner of a duckweed pond, a plain pagoda gate, a flowers’ field or an old street Hanoi in the shade of verdant trees beaming with sunlight. He is specially inspired by the Mother Nature’s marvelous change of colours through four seasons.
The uniqueness of Son’s art is that as an impressionist, he does not follow the pure visual sight or reality. With his imagination and expert use of colours, Son turns plain scenes of everyday life into extraordinary pictures of splendid and charming beauty. The viewer is treated with a visual feast that brings about an unanticipated source of delight. Son’s art is like the nature’s four seasons’ romantic melodies. And these melodies of colours naturally and gently flow into the viewer’s heart and soul.
1990 : Awarded first prize at the Competition for Hanoi Young Artists by Hanoi Fine Art Association
1991: Collected by Eastern Museum
1992 : Exhibition at Hanoi Fine Art Exhibition
1994 : Solo Exhibition at Canadian Embassy
1995 : Soso Exhibition in Singapore
1996 : Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong.
1997 : Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong
1998 : Solo Exhibition in HCM City, Vietnam
Solo Exhibition “Nature’s True Son I – Season of Le Thanh Son” in Hong Kong
Group Exhibition in London
1999: Group Exhibition “The Art from Vietnam” in Seoul, Korea
2000 : Group Exhibition in HCM City, Vietnam
Group Exhibition “The Images from Vietnam” in Melbourne, Australia
Solo Exhibition “The World of Le Thanh Son” in Hanoi, Vietnam
2001 : Solo Exhibition “Nature’s True Son I – Season of Le Thanh Son” in Hong Kong
Group Exhibition “Separate Parths” in Hanoi, Vietnam
2002 : Group Exhibition "The Quality of Natural Power" group exhibition, Latin American Arts Museum, Miami, Florida, USA.
Group Exhibition “Where the Rivers Meets", Vietnam Cultural Festival in Luxembourg and continued at Libre de Bruxelles University, Brussels
2003 : Group exhibition "New Season" in Bradford, UK
Solo exhibition "Hanoi Flowers" in Hong Kong
2004: Solo exhibition in Hong Kong
2005: Solo exhibition in London, UK
2008: “Brilliant Life” solo exhibition, Shinsei Bank, Tokyo, Japan
2010: “Dao Hai Phong - Do Hoang Tuong - Le Thanh Son” exhibition in London, UK
2011: Exhibition Art Asia, Miami, Florida, USA
2012: Exhibition Art Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2015: Group exhibition "Treasures of Vietnam", London, by Hanoi Art House
2015: Group exhibition "Gems of Vietnam", London by Hanoi Art House
2016: Group exhibition "Colours Of Life" in Buckinghamshire by Hanoi Art House