Nguyen Dinh Vu

NGUYEN DINH VU

Born:
1980 in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam
Lives and works in Hanoi

Education:
Vietnam University of Fine Arts (2013)

Vietnamese painting is mainly a twentieth century phenomenon. In contrast to other Asian countries, Vietnamese artists in the feudal period did not practise the art of painting, but devoted themselves to sculpture and the decoration of temples and pagodas. At the end of the nineteenth century, the French introduced the technique of oil-painting to Vietnam and in 1925 they established the ‘Ecole des Beaux-Art l’Indochine’ in Hanoi. This marks the beginnings of a professional class of painters, who painted ‘after nature’ in a realistic and impressionistic style.

After the war against France, the separation of North and South Vietnam in 1954, followed by the war between the North and the South, the artists followed completely different courses. The artists from the North (under influence of the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China) turned in the direction of the social-realistic stream, while the southern artists embraced western trends, influenced by the presence of the Americans. Nevertheless, neither the influences was decisive in the development of Vietnamese Modern Art.

The ‘Doi Moi’, Vietnam’s Perestroika, was introduced in 1986, allowed the creative artist more freedom.  Most of the modern Vietnamese artists do not direct their attention to the (western) preoccupation with changing of the ‘frontiers’ of art. There has been a revival in the use of traditional elements, motifs, materials and techniques.

The contemporary Vietnamese artists however are relatively free to express themselves in their works. Combining traditional material like lacquer on wood, (traditional) motifs and techniques, and modern materials the younger generation of Vietnamese artists have become very active in involving different forms of arts, such as installation, performance and video art.

Nguyen Dinh Vu combines materials as metaphor for the layers of history. Old newspaper often forms a second base on his canvas. The figures in blue and white have resemblance with the antique Chinese porcelain. His famous metaphoric man in suits with golden box head surrounded by Chinese/Vietnamese motifs slowly make room for more impasto* abstract works.

In fine art, the Italian word 'Impasto' (dough or paste) denotes a painting technique in which undiluted paint is applied so thickly (like toothpaste) onto the canvas or panel (often with a palette knife) that it stands out from the surface.

Solo exhibitions

2015
“ Box it up” at Agallery Hongkong

Selected group exhibitions

2017
NordArt 2017, Museum of Modern Art in Büdelsdorf, Germany

2016
Korea-Vietnam, Gwangju Museum of Art, Geumnamno Gallery, Korea
NordArt 2016, Museum of Modern Art in Büdelsdorf, Germany
“Turning point II”, Veintiane, Laos
“Dialogues” Goethe-Institut Ha Noi, 56-58-60 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ha Noi, Vietnam

2015
Vietnam fine art exhibition, 2 Hoa Lu, Van Ho, Ha Noi, Vietnam
“We open” Viet Nam fine Arts Museum, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam
"3 dinh 1 roi " Viet Nam fine Arts Museum, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam

2014
Embassy of Denmark, 19 Dien Bien Phu, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Festival art young 2014, Hanoi university of fine art, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Embassy of Germany in Vietnam, 29 Tran Phu, Ha Noi, Vietnam

2013
Davines Art Series at Royal City, 72A Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Ha Noi, Vietnam
The Dogma prize in self-portraiture 2013 at the fine arts Museum, HCM City, Vietnam

2012
“Dai gia Viet Nam”, 16 Ngo Quyen, Ha Noi, Vietnam
The 3rd Bangkok Triennale International, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Top Art Gallery, Meta House, K’nyay Restaurant & Bar, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, China

2011
“Sale Off”, 16 Ngo Quyen, Ha Noi, Vietnam

2010
"1000 years of Thang Long Hanoi" of young Artist Club, 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi, Vietnam
"suburb" of the young Artist Club, 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi, Vietnam
"Remove" in the center Vietart Centre, 42 Yet Kieu, Hanoi, Vietnam
"One Day", 36 Dien Bien Phu, Hanoi, Vietnam

2009
"Dong tong" of young Artist Club, 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi, Vietnam

2008
“Vong khuc”, 31A Van Mieu, Ha Noi, Vietnam