Hồng Việt Dũng
b. 1962, Hanoi
Hồng Việt Dũng is known as a member of Gang of Five, a group of artists considered to be the pioneers of Vietnamese art of the Doi Moi (open door policy) era. Born in 1962, the artist graduated from the Vietnam Fine Art University in 1984.Hồng Việt Dũng paid no attention to modern art as his colleagues had and instead turned right into a realistic dreamy painting style imbued with a classic Eastern romantic atmosphere. The images commonly seen in his compositions include young girls with long braided hair, a little boy’s hand holding a bird cage, a monk, a meandering boat, the faraway road, the endless rice paddies… all this refers to the simple whole of a landscape, the expression of air and water that dissolves all forms in that scene. Hồng Việt Dũng’s practice does not distinguish itself with versatility, the artist has found his style. The artist only brings into his work the essentials of painting, leaving the viewers to create their own images.
Working as an independent artist,Hồng Việt Dũng has had a number of solo exhibitions as well as group exhibitions in Vietnam and abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Japan, and USA… His works are in the museum collections of the Vietnam Fine Art Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam, National Gallery Singapore, HRH The Duke of York and in numerous private collections worldwide.