Ngo Van Sac is a Vietnamese contemporary artist interested in works of art that are created from different materials, such as wood cut combined with newspaper, sand or acrylic. He likes strong renderings of figure, the effect of different surface textures and the strong contrast between black and white. Born in 1980, in Hanoi, Sac received his MFA from Vietnam Fine Arts University in 2008.
Ngo Van Sac started working with wood as a material about ten years ago, but when he looked back at the paintings he created they did not really meet his expectations so he just burned them all. Then in turn when he looked at the burned paintings Sac saw in them a new life and a new form of work. The natural colors created by the fire very much attracted him. Combining fire and natural pine wood, Ngo Van Sac truly found himself.
Each larger portrait contains within it several smaller portraits with their own stories. These portraits are Sac’s personal feelings that he wants to express through the natural colors of the wood and the veins in the wood which often appear unexpectedly.
After sketching a portrait using charcoal, Ngo Van Sac chooses pieces of freshly cut pine that fits with the compositions that he has sketched. The next step is to use a small gas bottle to burn the wood with the aim of giving it the color that he wants it to have. If he overuses the fire the image becomes too dark or unfaithful to his original sketching and he has to start from the beginning as it is impossible to fix or lighten the piece at that point as might be possible with other materials. That is the way it continues until he is able to tell the entire story in all of the smaller pieces of wood that combine to form the painting.
The inspiration for his work comes from what is happening around him, and is influenced by his own story too. Each component in his artwork has a story. Concrete figurative details and simple empty spaces refer to both real and unreal life. Each circumstance creates complex emotions – whether people are alone or sitting together, talking – and this is something he wants to show and share.
Ngo Van Sac won First Prize of Dogma Self-Portrait Award in 2012.
|Year||Name of the exhibbition||Museum/Gallery||Solo/Group|
|2015||Portrait Gallery||Kallenbach gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands||group|
|2014||Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong||Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong||group|
|2014||Hong Kong Bound: AAF Preview||Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City||group|
|2014||Destination 3, Artists from the United States, Vietnam, and Malaysia||Tapak Fine Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur||group|
|2014||Destination 2, Artists from the United States, Vietnam, and Malaysia||Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||group|
|2014||Group Exhibition of Vietnamese Artists||Gallery Canvas, Amsterdam, The Netherlands||group|
|2013||In the Midst of Life||Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City||solo|
|2013||Between Two Generations||The East Gallery, Toronto, Canada||solo|
|2013||CTG 4th Anniversary||Craig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City||group|
|2012||Vietnam - Malaysia Exhibition - Destination I||National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||group|
|2012||Self Portrait Exhibition||Dogma Prize, Hanoi Fine Arts Museum||group|
|2012||Destination II||Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum,||group|
|2012||International Art Expo||Matrade Building, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||group|
|2011||Self Portrait Exhibition||Dogma Prize, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum||group|
|2010||Sketchs 2000 – 2010||D3 Building, Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoi||solo|
|2010||Annual 3||National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||group|
|2010||Different day||Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City||group|
|2010||Reunion||Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City||group|
|2009||Ngo Van Sac 2009||National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||solo|
|2009||Annual 2||National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||group|
|2008||In Side||The Loft Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||solo|
|2008||National Oil Color Paintings||Hoa Lu Exhibition Centre, Hanoi||group|
|2008||Reunion||TIME Gallery, Vienna, Austria||group|
|2008||Workshop and Exhibition in International Symposium||Kenimajor, Hungary||group|
|2008||Annual 1||National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||group|
|2008||MANIF International Art Fair||Seoul Art Centre, Korea||group|
|2008||The 2nd International Art Expo||Matrade Building, Kuala Lumpur||group|
|2007||The 1st International Art Expo||Matrade Building, Kuala Lumpur||group|
|2006||Asean - China Art Exhibition||Nanning Art Centre, Naning, China||group|
|2005||National Exhibition||Hoa Lu Exhibition Centre, Hanoi||group|
|2004||Capital Exhibition||Ngo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoi||group|
|2004||Exhibition of Students of National Fine Art University||Vietnam Fine Arts University, Hanoi||group|
|2004||Yes or No||Ngo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoi||group|
|2003||Asean Philip Morris Exhibition||National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||group|
|2003||Unknown||Asean and Japan Youth Art Camp, Laos PDR||group|
|2002||National Young Artists Exhibition||Ngo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoi||group|
|2001||Asean Philip Morris Exhibition||National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi||group|
|2000||National Exhibition||Giang Vo National Exhibition Centre, Hanoi||group|
|2000||National Young Artists Exhibition||Ngo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoi||group|
|1999||National Art Student Exhibition - Viet Nam Dat Nuoc Toi||University of Art, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi||group|