This April, I took my first trip to Vietnam during a quick tour of art in Asia. My home base in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City, which I loved for its many rivers and lush greenery. I truly enjoyed the energy of the city and the warm weather that came with it. During my 5* day stay, I was able to explore the local art scene, meeting with wonderful Vietnamese collectors and visiting artist studios and galleries. It was great to visit the most prominent galleries in the City and understand the challenges they face with their programming. There is an amazing community of artists throughout the city. Fashion designer Thuy Nguyen is a brilliant example of a vibrant young powerhouse within the community. I met with Thuy and visited her brand new multi-purpose art space, "The Factory". The art scene is relatively discreet and it may be pure coincidence that I bumped into an old acquaintance, Trong Nguyen. Trong is an artist/curator who used to live in New York City and has since relocated to Vietnam. Small world!
Some noteworthy artists from my trip:
Dinh Q Le | www.ppowgallery.com/artist/dinh-q-le/
Dinh Q Le is a Vietnamese cross-disciplinary artist, educated and trained in New York. His work involves detailed photo-weaving, installation, found objects and has been exhibited in museums around the world. The weaving technique alludes to Le's Vietnamese culture and often allows him to combine opposing themes with beauty and intention.
Thao Nguyen Phan | www.thaonguyenphan.com
Thao Nguyen Phan is a young artist working in Ho Chi Minh City. She works across various mediums such as painting, drawing and sculpture.
Phi Long Le | http://philongart-studio.blogspot.com/
Phi Long Le is a Vietnamese artist working in mixed media. With a promising career ahead of him, Le continues to make informed work about social issues through extensive research.