DANG XUAN HOA
b. Nam Dinh, 1959
MY CHILD, 1999
Signed and dated 'HOA 10/99' lower left
Gouache on paper
52cm x 73cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.
Contemporary Artist Vietnam - Part II, The Artists' Space,
Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, 2002.
ESTIMATE RM 6,000 - 8,000
PRICE REALISED RM 11,000
Dang Xuan Hoa’s works often feature objects of still life - like vases, bowls, fruits, flowers and animals which are symbols of abundance – surrounding a figure. His interest is mainly on the elements of domestic life portrayed from his visual imagination. The haphazard placement of objects in his works and harmony of colour radiate a sense of totality as painting for him is a process of spiritual development. The pictorial structure of his Vat cua Nguoi or Human Objects series developed since the 1990s has aroused the characteristics of his artistic approach.
Dang Xuan Hoa graduated from Hanoi University of Fine Arts in 1983 and participated in his first group exhibition Young Painters in 1985. In 1987, he was selected as one of the young artists to exhibit at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi. He was a member the Gang of Five, an important movement in the history of contemporary art in Vietnam of the 1990s. The group shared the affinity to combine traditional Vietnamese elements with modernity with a common goal to create works of art in the manner of Abstract Expressionism. They were also dubbed by art critics as the most promising painters of their generation. Other group members included Ha Tri Hieu, Tran Luan, Hong Viet Dung and Pham Quang Vinh. Dang Xuan Hoa was the first Vietnamese artist invited to visit the USA under the Indochina Art’s Project’s visiting-artist programme sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council after the lifting of the American embargo in 1994. He has participated in over 30 national and international exhibitions in Hanoi, Cuba, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and the United States. His paintings are held in the collection of Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi and Singapore Art Museum.
Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art, Nora Annesley Taylor, University of Hawaii Press, 2004.
Vietnamese Painting From Tradition to Modernity, Les Editions d’Art et d’Histoire, ARHIS, 2003.
Post Doi Moi Vietnamese Art After 1990, Singapore Museum, 2008.