Van Dinh Quan/ Van Dinh Quan

Vietnam 1964

Painting

Van Dinh Quan
Van Dinh Quan
Male
Vietnam
1964

One of the most important names of Vietnamese contemporary art, Van Dinh Quan creates paintings whose sophisticated surrealistic style glorify the female beauty. Highly influenced by his Buddhist beliefs, emotions, and homeland, his work speaks the universal language, representing the embodiment of power, hope, and inspiration through the elegant forms of female body. Experimenting with the innovative approaches, he relies on a traditional art of lacquer painting, creating a distinctive dynamic version of the style.

 - Bride (Left) - Spring (Right), Images via benthanartcom facebook
Van Dinh Quan – Bride (Left) / Spring (Right), Images via benthanart.com

Traditional Influences and Innovative Approach

Quan was born in 1964 in Hai Phong and graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University in 1990. He was credited as one of the Vietnam’s most recognized artists, considering his extensive success. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally, in numerous solo and group shows throughout Vietnam, Japan, China, France, Singapore, Norway, Philippines, the United States, UK, Thailand, and Taiwan, and also makes a part of many private collections worldwide. He is recognized for his adoption of lacquer art that he combines with other artistic mediums as sculpture, constantly searching for innovative and more complex techniques. “A mother is the Sky; a mother is the Earth… I honor women from the love, despair, and doubt that they impart in me.” These are the words he uses to describe the relation with his favorite subject. His work reflects respect for Vietnamese history and deep spirituality that permeate every brushstroke of this paintings. Using the medium of his art to convey his journey toward enlightenment, the artist conjoined the emotions with passionate religious beliefs through the focus on the strong and refined female form.

 - Charming Girl (Left) - Admire the Lotus (Right), Images via greenpalmgallerycom facebook
Van Dinh Quan – Charming Girl (Left) / Admire the Lotus (Right), Images via greenpalmgallery.com

The Master of Lacquer Art

Helping a great Vietnamese contribution to the global contemporary art scene, the almost forgotten technique of lacquer painting was revived by painters as Dinh Quan, who adopted and advanced the approach in the terms of texture, movement, and substance. He is the pioneer among his peers who has created truly dynamic lacquer paintings, making the actions of the subject matter, in this case, the female body as the essence of his expression, to move towards abstraction.

Featured image: Van Dinh Quan – Golden Reverie (detail), photo courtesy of Addicted Gallery

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Expression and Reflection Galerie Nguyen , SingaporeGroup
2013From Craft to Art: Vietnamese Lacquer PaintingsThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2011Dinh Quan - Red River Rising Thavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2009Unknown Ben Thanh Art & Frame and Galerie NguyenGroup
2009Unknown Intercontinental Asiana Saigon hotel Group
2004Dinh Quan – Lacquer Paintings ThailandSolo
2004 The New Adventure of Dinh Quan HanoiSolo
2002Exhibition in Thailand; Exhibition Vietnam Fine Art Museum in HanoiSolo
2002Vietnamese Beauties ThailandGroup
2002Where the Rivers Meet Luxembourg and BelgiumGroup
2002Contemporary Artists Vietnam – Part II MalaysiaGroup
2001Contemporary Artists Vietnam – Part I Malaysia.Group
2001Exhibition in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Separate Paths HanoiGroup
2000 Vietnamese Lacquer Paintings USASolo
2000Red Dreams HanoiSolo
1999-2000UnknownHanoi, Singapore, London, Japan and ThailandGroup
1999 Dinh Quan HanoiSolo
1998With Heart & Soul & Mind USAGroup
1998Spellbound ThailandGroup
1998UnknownAlliance Françoise, SingaporeGroup
1998International Festival of Arts KoreaGroup
1997Vietnam Express: Contemporary Art from Vietnam Washington D.C Group
1997Realistic & Illusionary World in Dinh Quan’s Art HanoiSolo
1997All the Rivers Are Running – Contemporary Art of VietnamVietnamGroup
1997Portrait Exhibition HanoiGroup
1997Hanoi Contemporary Arts JapanGroup
1996Unknown SingaporeGroup
1996The Year of the Dragon HanoiGroup
1996Vietnam Contemporary Arts JapanGroup
1995Fresh Paints in HanoiGroup
1994UnknownHo Chi Minh City Fine Art AssociationGroup
1993UnknownHang Bai Exhibition House Hanoi, VietnamGroup
1990-95Vietnamese National Fine Art ExhibitionsVietnamGroup