contemporary art

Trinh Tuan

Vietnam 1961


Trinh Tuan
Trinh Tuan
December 20, 2014

Trinh Tuan is a Vietnamese figurative lacquer painter, born in Hanoi in 1961.

He completed his BA at the Hanoi Industrial College of Fine Art in 1985, and his MA at Hanoi Institute of Fine Art in 2000. Composition of his works often consist of a single figure or a couple of lovers depicted in his paintings, unleashing emotions and bringing feelings of loneliness, sadness, or happiness and love. Trinh Tuan’s paintings contain a single or two images, rich in details in and around the subjects. He uses mixed medium and color to build three-dimensional projection, adding intensity and texture to his work. In order to achieve his desired self-expression, he uses materials such as silver and gold leaf, and eggshell.

Trinh Tuan’s pictures are impressionistic in their sensibility and romantic in their allusive complexities. He has embellished life scenes with subtly imposed movements coupled with a technique implemented with astute and cognitive control that have become his hallmark as a master lacquer painter. The interplay between light and dark, shadow and luminescence has lent a wraith-like quality to his subjects. However, in spite of the dreaminess of his compositions, his subjects do not lose their authenticity and in fact – take on an earthiness that reflects the maturity that Tuan wishes to emphasis. Tuan possesses an ability to tell a story about love, loneliness, betrayal and mysterious emotions that every person can relate to, through the depicted characters and their golden aura that shines beneath them, symbolizing warmth, hope and peace.

Tuan has exhibited abroad several times, in countries such as Japan, China, Germany, Singapore, Denmark, France, Argentina, Laos, Australia, the United States, Thailand, Israel, Netherlands, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Korea and India. His paintings are, amongst others, in the collection of HRH the Crown Prince of Norway and the collection of the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

Now a professor of the medium lacquer on wood at the Hanoi University of Fine Arts, he lives and paints in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013From Craft to Art: Vietnamese Lacquer PaintingsThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2013From Craft To Art: Vietnamese Lacquer PaintingsThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2012Art Pam BeachGB-Aibon Asian ArtGroup
2011Art London - Hanoi 1000Arts Club of Washington, USAGroup
20094 Vietnamese Contemporary MastersNew Asia Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2009Trinh TuanCuijk, NetherlandsSolo
2008Trinh Tuan - My AutumnThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2008Spiritual Spaces - Celebrating Thavibu GalleryThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2008Art AsiaMiami, USAGroup
2008Havana Hanoi - Faces and PlacesArtana Galler, HagueGroup
2007Women PaintersNational Fine Arts Museum, VietnamGroup
2007Of this and Other worldsBankside Gallery, London, UKGroup
2006Spirits and StoriesGascoigne Gallery, UKGroup
2005Trinh Tuan - New Lacquer PaintingsThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2005Here and HereafterWilfird Museum, IsraelGroup
2003Trinh Tuan - Lacquer PaintingsThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2001Trinh Tuan - Vietnamese Emotions IIThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2001Vietnamese Contemporary Fine artsWilfird Museum, IsraelGroup
2000Mekong MagicJerusalem theater, IsraelGroup
1999Trinh Tuan - Vietnamese EmotionsThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo