abstract art

Pham An Hai

Vietnam 1967

Expressionism, Abstract Art, Abstract Expressionism, Painting

Pham An Hai
Pham An Hai
December 18, 2014

Pham An Hai is a Vietnamese abstract painter, born in 1967 in Hanoi. His paintings are inspired by landscapes, cityscapes and nature, but he offers his own personal interpretations of these familiar themes.

Hai graduated from the Hanoi Institute of Fine Art in 1995 and received his Master of Art degree in 2006. He started out as an artist doing expressionistic paintings and also figurative art, but soon moved on towards abstraction. The abstractionist language has proved to suit Pham An Hai who, by nature, is rather more prone to emotional expression than to description. He tends to perpetuate evanescent things, sometimes beyond perception that one cannot grasp, but only vaguely guess.

He has abandoned the natural appearance of things and increasingly constructed his art through a net of consciousness and understanding of the surrounding world, expressing himself through nature instead of observing it. His canvas has become a vehicle to express his emotion while he developed his pictorial vocabulary with forms and expressions that reflected his innermost feelings. Despite being non-representational, many of Pham An Hai’s paintings may be viewed as cityscapes or landscapes from his home city of Hanoi and its surroundings, or paintings from nature. Shapes of houses, buildings and narrow lanes can be distinguished, giving the feeling of atmosphere of the city in various seasons or time of the day. At another level, his paintings may also reflect inner landscapes of the soul and heart.

A master in the use of colors, Pham An Hai describes colors as the purest form of expression, referring to them as musical notes. The choice and combination, and the intense experience of colors through their value are important features in his works. Learning to and knowing how to put them together in an understandable manner became an integral part of his artistic journey.

His oil on canvas works have developed into larger and bolder canvases over the years, layered and richly textured. More recently, Pham An Hai has developed an interest in the mundane objects of our daily life while enlarging his palette of colors. The Teapot dream series belong to this new period, demonstrating the willingness of the artist to keep searching for new subjects, for new experiments while keeping his distinct style of color, form and composition.

Pham An Hai has participated in several exhibitions in Vietnam, United kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Italy, South Korea and Dubai. He is one of the contemporary Vietnamese artists whose works have been sold in auctions, presented at Sotheby’s South Asian Art auctions over the last three seasons, and his works were bought by Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and National Gallery Petronas Malaysia.

Pham lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2012Pham An Hai - MirageThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2010Pham An Hai - In FocusThe Red Gallery, DubaiSolo
2009Pham An Hai - The Flow of TimeThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2009The Art of TMandrian, Hong KongGroup
2008Merging the best of east and westLondon, UKGroup
2007Pham An Hai - Inside - OutsideThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2007Sosabeol International art expoSosabeol, KoreaGroup
2006TogetherChiangmai, ThailandGroup
2006Dragon and butter flightMuseum Victoriano, Roma, ItalyGroup
2005Vietnam NowSeattle, Washington, USAGroup
2005Vietnam Contemporary ArtTokyp, JapanGroup
2003Pham An Hai and Cong Kim Hoa - Abstract - Oil & Lacquer Thavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2003Space StreetNam Son Art Agllery, HanoiGroup
2003Abstract Oil and lacquerThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2002Group showRotunda, Exchange Square, Hong KongGroup
2002Fresh WindGallery E, Hong KongGroup
2002Where the rivers meetLibre de Bruxelles University, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2002Abstract ViewNam Son Art Agllery, HanoiGroup
2001Hanoi with heart and soul and mindGallery E, Hong KongGroup
2001The World's premier Contemporary Asian fone artsSingaporeGroup
2000StructureNam Son Art Agllery, HanoiSolo
2000Vietnam IdentitiesSofitel Gallery, Melboure, AustraliaGroup
2000Hanoi fine artsAECE, HanoiGroup
2000Vietnam Contemporary fine artsDaewoo Hotel, VietnamGroup
2000Together with childrenFriends Gallery, HanoiGroup
1999View from insideNam Son Art Agllery, HanoiDuo
1999Widening our embraceFriends Gallery, HanoiGroup
1998Coming SpringHanoiGroup
1998Youung Contemporary PainterHaipongGroup