The Brushstrokes of Brilliance: Unveiling the 2024 UOB Painting of the Year Competition

The art competition is designed as a platform to showcase the incredible talent of Vietnamese artists, providing them with a unique opportunity to connect with a broader regional audience and gain the recognition they deserve.


The UOB Painting of the Year competition returns for its second edition, inviting emerging and established artists from Vietnam to showcase their creative talents. Launched on May 7 in Hanoi, the competition aims to celebrate and support the vibrant art scene in Southeast Asia.

The launch ceremony of the UOB Painting of the Year competition, a prestigious art event in Southeast Asia.

First introduced to Vietnam last year, the UOB POY competition has quickly become one of the most esteemed art competitions in the region. It provides a platform for Vietnamese artists to exhibit their skills alongside their counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Victor Ngo, CEO of UOB Vietnam, shared his enthusiasm for the competition’s return: “We were thrilled to see the incredible response from young local talents during our first edition. The excitement and excellence of Vietnam’s contemporary art scene are truly remarkable.”

This year, the competition aims to foster an even more inclusive environment for the discovery and growth of Vietnamese artists. “We strive to make art more accessible and inspiring for the next generation of talent,” added Victor Ngo.

The judging panel, comprised of prominent figures in Vietnam’s art scene, will evaluate submissions based on creativity, technique, and expression of ideas.

Artist Dang Xuan Hoa, Chief Judge of the UOB Painting Competition, shares his hopes for the competition: “Vietnamese artists have a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity on a regional stage. By infusing modern ideas while staying true to our national traditions, they can establish themselves and preserve their unique artistic identity.”

The call for entries is now open to all Vietnamese citizens and permanent residents until August 1. Artists are invited to submit their original paintings created within the last two years, with no entry fee required. The winning artist from Vietnam will receive VND500 million (US$20,000) and the chance to compete for the regional UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year Award, which includes a cash prize of SGD$13,000 (US$9,600) and an artist residency program.

Artist Trinh Minh Tien, winner of the 2023 UOB Painting of the Year Award, with his captivating artwork, “Thuy Phu – Water Palace.”

The regional winner will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony in Singapore this November. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this renowned art competition and take your place in the spotlight.

Established in 1982, the UOB POY competition is the longest-running annual art competition in Singapore and one of the most prestigious in Southeast Asia. It has successfully promoted the visual arts and discovered over 1,000 artistic talents across the region.