Vietnamese-Belgian painter uses wavelength prints to depict life in Vietnam
Vietnamese-Belgian artist Thy Nguyen Truong Minh opened his solo exhibition in Brussels on October 4, displaying artworks depicting life in Vietnam.
Vietnamese-Belgian artist Thy Nguyen Truong Minh opens his solo exhibition in Brussels on October 4, displaying artworks depicting life in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)
It is the fourth exhibition by Thy in Belgium.
The black-and-white artworks were created with wavelength prints on do (Poonah) paper, a brand-new painting technique. Some of the artworks portray his grandparents, while some others illustrate his memories about Vietnamese villages with water buffaloes and bamboo trees, chopsticks in Vietnamese meals, and others.
Thy said though he was born and raised in Belgium, he always wants to explore the social structures of the cultural identity concept. Being a Vietnamese-Belgian makes him aspire to discover the cultural diversity he himself experiences every day, in both the Vietnamese and Belgian ways, he said, adding that he wants to learn about his roots, where his grandparents and parents were born.
Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Nguyen Van Thao said he was moved by Thy’s works and that he hopes the second-generation Vietnamese in Belgium will uphold their love for the fatherland, preserve cultural identity and promote the Vietnamese culture among international friends.
Thy Nguyen Truong Minh is a painter involved in artistic projects, which focus on multiculturalism.
He has a degree in Fine Arts, visual and spatial, from Brussels-based ERG School of Graphic Research. Born in the Belgian capital city in 1982 to Vietnamese parents, he later decided to live between Brussels and Ho Chi Minh City.
He is also co-founder of “La centrifugeuse” or “May xay sinh to” (The centrifuge), an international art programme involving art schools jointly conducted by French-speaking Belgian community in Wallonie-Brussels and Vietnam in HCM City.
He is also a lecture in visual arts at HCM City University of Fine Arts./.