contemporary art

Dao Hai Phong

Vietnam 1965


Dao Hai Phong
Dao Hai Phong
December 18, 2014

Dao Hai Phong is a Vietnamese painter born in 1965 in Hanoi, best known for his dreamy, melancholic landscape paintings, inspired by his travels and Vietnamese countryside and culture.

Phong is a son of the famous and award winning film artist Dao Duc, director of the first Vietnamese film Share a river, from 1959. In 1987, Phong graduated from the College of Drama and Cinematography, where he studied in the Art Film Design Department. Although he had painted in early childhood, from the age of six, it was only after graduation that Phong focused on developing his individual style. In 1992, he started designing for the Vietnam Film Studio, and soon attained the position of chief designer. In this period he began to paint prolifically and embarked on a career as an independent artist.

Highly regarded for his rendering of villages on the perimeter of Hanoi, his artistic journey has been one of memory and the preservation of a vanishing cultural geography of his youth. His use of glowing colors are reminiscent of sparkling gem stones and the rendering of textures on canvasses are translated into serene and lush vistas that emphasize the true nature of Vietnam. ‘I always see the beauty of the surroundings’, he states, and depict his saying in his adroit use of blue and other luminous, radiating colors. Most of his paintings are landscapes inspired by his travels when working on films. Although he was born and grew up in the city of Hanoi, he has been drawn to the beauty of the countryside.

In the early 90s, he changed his ideal about color and began incorporating the use of softer colors such as grey with the vivid blue. Phong admires other artists such as Le Thiet Cuong and Truong Tan, however believes that each artist is like a tree in a forest, and ‘each tree must have its own style.’ In Phong’s recent works, the change is visible in his use of colors, where the warm palette of yellows and reds took the main place over blues and grays.

Regarded as one of Vietnam’s most successful painters that emerged after Doi Moi, Dao Hai Phong has exhibited extensively since 1992 in his native Vietnam as well as abroad. He has taken part in several international exhibitions in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Italy, Laos, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States. He is a member of the Vietnam Fine Art Association.

Dao Hai Phong lives and creates in Hanoi, Vietnam.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2010Dao Hai Phong - Do Hoang TuongLe Thanh Son, Apricot Gallery, London, UKGroup
2009Featuring…ANA Intercontinental Hotel, JapanGroup
2009Room to ReadCharity Group Exhibition, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2007Solo ExhibitionRed River Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2005The Magic of Dao Hai PhongHong KongSolo
2003Dao Hai Phong - Kee ClubHong KongSolo
2003Phong & Binh combined in Hong KongGroup
2002Group Exhibition To The New SeasonDragon Gallery, HanoiGroup
2002Group Show at Max MaraWaterside Shops, Florida, U.S.AGroup
2001Dao Hai Phong- Solo ExhibitionKim 3 Gallery, New York, USASolo
2001Vietnamese Contemporary Fine ArtWilfrid Israel MuseumGroup
2001Separate PathsDragon Gallery, Hanoi. VietnamGroup
2000Mekong MagiJerusalem Theater IsraelGroup
1999Pure and Pearling ColorRich and Famous Gallery, Rapperswil, SwitzerlandGroup
1999Peaceful SeasonApricot Gallery, Hanoi, VietnamSolo
1999Twilight MomentPlum Blossoms Gallery, Hong KongSolo
1999Twilight MomentApricot Gallery, VietnamSolo
1999Twilight MomentPlum Blossoms Gallery, SingaporeSolo
1998Hanoi Fine Art ExhibitionHanoi, VietnamGroup
1998The Winding River (A milestone exhibition of Vietnamese art)Washington, D.C. and traveling in U.S.Group
1997A Winding River - Stages Of Vietnamese Contemporary ArtMeridian International Center, Washington DC, USAGroup
1997A Glimpse about HanoiHo Chi Minh city, VietnamGroup
1997Past and PresentHanoi, VietnamGroup
1997View of Contemporary ArtNovotel Hotel, Vientiane, LaosGroup
1997A View from OthersDong Son Gallery, Hanoi, VietnamGroup
1996Independent in HanoiNam Son Gallery, Hanoi, VietnamGroup
1996Three contemporary Vietnamese painterLFK gallery, Hong KongGroup
1995After Dark - Landscape of LightHoa Sen gallery, Hanoi, VietnamGroup
1994The Art of Viet NamRoy Miles Gallery, London, UKGroup
1993HaNoi memories (with Le Thiet Cuong)Hanoi, VietnamGroup
1993Old streets of HanoiHanoi, VietnamGroup