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Hanoi, Vietnam, 1954 -
Mid-career Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thanh Binh takes his influences from the ancient Chinese paintings and old Japanese woodcarvings where space is an integral part of the composition.
Nguyen graduated from the Hanoi College of Fine Arts and later from the Gia Dinh National College of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City.
The artist says of his work: "I'm not trying to follow any trends, I'm just searching for beauty as I see it, a beauty for everyone. The structure in my paintings tells the viewer many things beyond the surface. The aim in my work is to condense the narrative. There are never a lot of people in my paintings. I like minimal subject and a maximum idea just like Japanese Haiku or Tang dynasty poetry. I like Haiku very much because it is very simple and contains many ideas. I have no difficulty with simplicity but I need a lot of time for a painting. Sometimes I work on a painting for a few days, a few weeks, or even years."
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