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Self Portrait
Lacquer on wood
Self Portrait
Lacquer on wood
Self Portrait
Lacquer on wood
Thanh Chuong's painting on
the stamp of the United Nations

Self Portrait

Lacquer and  gold leaf on wood

THANH CHUONG
Thanh Chuong was born in 1949 in Bac Ninh Province to a highly intellectual and artistic family. His father was the famous writer Kim Lan, one of the founders of the Vietnam Association of Writers.

Thanh Chuong was thought to be a child prodigy as he began drawing at the age of seven. From 1956 to 1960, he was associated with many art competitions for children in Vietnam and several countries. He won prizes in several  contests from very young age, and the most notable was a gold medal for his painting "Doi Ga To” in London competition in 1957. In 1960 he was accepted into a small class for gifted students at the Vietnam Institute of Fine Art. His first art teachers were Vietnam’s leading figures such as Nguyen Sang, Bui Xuan Phai, and Nguyen Tu Nghiem.

​Thanh Chuong’s main medium is lacquer. For years he has been researching and developing the art of lacquer to its height. This has made him a master painter of lacquer, a unique medium of fine art. He has been constantly experimenting, creating and renovating. He has his own technical secret that distinguishes himself from other Vietnamese lacquer painters.

Mother And Child
Lacquer on Wood
Riverside
Lacquer on wood
Friends

Lacquer on wood


Thanh Chuong’s subjects of inspiration have been Vietnamese rural life, family, love and self-portrait. The artist has a very individual and unique way of looking at the world, paired with an intelligent and flexible aesthetic sensibility. For Thanh Chuong, art has become his way of life, his vision, and his own personal school of thought. His paintings embody a profound folk sensibility, from the subject matter to the use of colours and lines, and the conventionalised and decorative shapes. It could be said that his paint­ings are Vietnamese modern folk art. 

During the war, Thanh Chuong became a soldier and served in the army for 8 years. He was a bomb diffuser, at the same time taught art to his fellow soldiers. After the war, Thanh Chuong worked as lead designer for the Van Nghe Journal from its foundation until his retirement. He was a leading illustrator for books and magazines in Vietnam.

Being a freelance artist, Thanh Chuong's paintings were not displayed at State exhibitions before the Doi Moi (Reform) in Vietnam. Only in 1994, after Vietnam implemented open-door policy, his first solo exhibition was stage in Song Hong Gallery in Hanoi, and was highly regarded. Since then he has been exhibiting his artworks several times in Vietnam and overseas. 

Thanh Chuong has become a phenomenon, who takes up a very bold and novel conception of art. He is seen as an initiator of the new movement called "the Vietnamese art movement" that aims to escape the heavy influence and  dependence on the French painting style, and to help developing Vietnam’s modern fine art with a unique national identity. His work represents a pivotal point in Vietnamese culture and art. His influence has inspired greater diversification and enrichment of artistic knowledge among people and specialists alike.

In 2001 Thanh Chuong’s work "Love" was chosen by the United Nations as the symbol for the International Year of Volunteers, and he became the first Asian painter who had a painting printed on the UN stamps. In 2012, Thanh Chuong was named one of the "50 Pioneers of All Time" for his personal achievements, his revolutionary contributions to the development of the society and communities. He was also featured in Vietnamese media, Times, The New York Times, NHK Televisions, CNN and The Telegraph.

Throughout his career, Thanh Chuong has set several records:

  • one of the best-selling painters of Vietnam
  • the King of self-portrait
  • the illustrator of the largest number of literary works
  • the painter with greatest number of pieces
  • the painter who most frequently draws the attention of the media.

Exhibitions and Awards

1956:  The first work ‘Doi Ga To” – gold prize at the Painting Competition of International Children, England.

1973:  Third prize of Hanoi Painting Exhibition

1974:  Exhibition of Illustration for Publications in Hanoi

1985:  National Painting Exhibition in Hanoi

1987:  Hanoi Artist Group Painting Exhibition

1988:  Hanoi Artist Painting Exhibition – Hanoi Fine Art Museum

1994:  Painting Exhibition in China - Asian Art Painting Exhibition in Hong Kong,

            Second prize for Graphics by the Plastic Artists Association of Vietnam

            Solo Painting Exhibition, Hanoi

1995:  Exhibition of Vietnam Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London, England

            Exhibition “Vietnam Open” – Copenhagen, Denmark

            Exhibition of Paintings, Yokohama, Japan

1996:  Painting Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

            Exhibition of Hanoi paintings – Centre of Introduction and Change for Arts in Hanoi

            Exhibition of Ten of Hanoi’s Artists in Hanoi

1997:  Exhibition “A Moment from Hanoi” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

            Exhibition “The Changing Face of Hanoi” in Hong Kong

            “Vietnam selection” exhibition in Hanoi

            “Contemporary Art in Hanoi” exhibitions in Hanoi & Osaka, Japan

            “Aspiration” exhibition in Hanoi

            “Thanh Chuong’s Paintings” exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

            “Vietnamese Sensibility” exhibition in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

            “Gold Paintbrush” – Faber Foundation, Castell, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

            “Nostalgia” exhibitions in Sofitel Metropole Hotel & Red River Gallery, Hanoi

            “A New Morning” exhibition in The Hanoi Fine Arts College

1998:  Exhibition “With Heart & Soul & Mind” – World Art Centre, SoHo, New York

            “Vision from Hanoi” exhibition in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

            “Vietnamese Sensibility” exhibition in Germany

            “Vision from Vietnam” – Prudential’s Collection

            “Five Contemporary Vietnamese Painters” exhibition in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

1999:  “Celebration of Life” – London, England

            Exhibition of Inter-Nation in Korea

          “The Colour of Vietnam” exhibitions in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

          “The 4th Vietnamese Contemporary Art Exhibition” in Osaka, Japan

          The Exhibition of Vietnamese Painting – Seoul, Korea

          Two Contemporary Vietnamese Painters Exhibition – Tatkamasu & Kyoto, Japan

        “The Lacquer World of Thanh Chuong” exhibition in Hanoi

        “Thanh Chuong’s Lacquer Painting”  exhibition in Osaka, Japan

2000: Exhibition in Switzerland

2001:  Painting “Love” was chosen by the United Nations to make stamp and symbol for the Year of Volunteers.

2002: Group Exhibition – Jakarta, Indonesia and Belgium

2006: Solo Exhibition – Consulate of Vietnam, San Francisco, USA; Group Exhibition – Victoriano Palazo, Rome, Italy

            The biggest artwork in Thanh Chuong’s life time - an installation named “Thanh Chuong’s  Vietnamese Palace” – Hanoi.

2007:  “Good Morning Vietnam, Good Morning Korea” Art Exhibition – Samsung Cultural Exchange Centre, Seoul, Korea.

2010:   Landscape and mind of Vietnam – Gwangju Fine Art Museum – Korea

             Early summer lotus – Thanh Chuong Viet Palace – Hanoi

2012 :  Vietnamese & Indian Fine Art Exhibition – Thanh Chuong’s Viet Palace – Hanoi

2014:  Group Exhibition – Houston Fine Art Fair 2014 – NRG Center – US

            Group Exhibition – Vietnam Cultural Center - Marseille –France


​2015: Group exhibition "Treasures of Vietnam", London by Hanoi Art House UK


2015: Group exhibition "Gems of Vietnam", London by Hanoi Art House UK.