Ngo Van Sac

Vietnam 1980


Ngo Van Sac
Ngo Van Sac
March 29, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

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 – Wood Burn Portraits

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.

Ngo Van Sac – Making Process

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.

Ngo Van Sac’s Inspiration

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.

YearName of the exhibbitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Portrait GalleryKallenbach gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2014Affordable Art Fair Hong KongHong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Konggroup
2014Hong Kong Bound: AAF PreviewCraig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh Citygroup
2014Destination 3, Artists from the United States, Vietnam, and MalaysiaTapak Fine Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpurgroup
2014Destination 2, Artists from the United States, Vietnam, and MalaysiaVietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoigroup
2014Group Exhibition of Vietnamese ArtistsGallery Canvas, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2013In the Midst of LifeCraig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh Citysolo
2013Between Two GenerationsThe East Gallery, Toronto, Canadasolo
2013CTG 4th AnniversaryCraig Thomas Gallery, Ho Chi Minh Citygroup
2012Vietnam - Malaysia Exhibition - Destination INational Fine Arts Museum, Hanoigroup
2012Self Portrait ExhibitionDogma Prize, Hanoi Fine Arts Museumgroup
2012Destination IIHo Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, group
2012International Art ExpoMatrade Building, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiagroup
2011Self Portrait ExhibitionDogma Prize, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museumgroup
2010Sketchs 2000 – 2010D3 Building, Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoisolo
2010Annual 3National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoigroup
2010Different dayHo Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh Citygroup
2010ReunionHo Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh Citygroup
2009Ngo Van Sac 2009National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoisolo
2009Annual 2National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoigroup
2008In SideThe Loft Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiasolo
2008National Oil Color PaintingsHoa Lu Exhibition Centre, Hanoigroup
2008ReunionTIME Gallery, Vienna, Austriagroup
2008Workshop and Exhibition in International SymposiumKenimajor, Hungarygroup
2008Annual 1National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoigroup
2008MANIF International Art FairSeoul Art Centre, Koreagroup
2008The 2nd International Art ExpoMatrade Building, Kuala Lumpurgroup
2007The 1st International Art ExpoMatrade Building, Kuala Lumpurgroup
2006Asean - China Art ExhibitionNanning Art Centre, Naning, Chinagroup
2005National ExhibitionHoa Lu Exhibition Centre, Hanoigroup
2004Capital ExhibitionNgo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoigroup
2004Exhibition of Students of National Fine Art UniversityVietnam Fine Arts University, Hanoigroup
2004Yes or NoNgo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoigroup
2003Asean Philip Morris ExhibitionNational Fine Arts Museum, Hanoigroup
2003UnknownAsean and Japan Youth Art Camp, Laos PDRgroup
2002National Young Artists ExhibitionNgo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoigroup
2001Asean Philip Morris ExhibitionNational Fine Arts Museum, Hanoigroup
2000National ExhibitionGiang Vo National Exhibition Centre, Hanoigroup
2000National Young Artists ExhibitionNgo Quyen Exhibition Centre, Hanoigroup
1999National Art Student Exhibition - Viet Nam Dat Nuoc ToiUniversity of Art, Thanh Xuan, Hanoigroup