b.1939, Dong Thap
Nguyễn Thanh Châu joined the resistance in 1953 at the age of 14, following his father who was an official in the war against the French. After the defeat of the French in 1954, he moved north with his family to Hanoi, where he studied oil painting at Vietnam Fine Art College under director Trần Văn Cẩn from 1956-59. He was then sent to the Soviet Union for further education, where he studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Kiev in Ukraine between 1960-64, specialising in watercolour. After a stint in Moscow, Châu returned to Vietnam and joined the People’s Army of Vietnam in 1966.