Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known as Uncle Ho by generations of Vietnamese, was the revered founder of the Communist Party of Vietnam. He was born in 1890 and passed away in 1969, leaving behind a legacy of patriotism and revolutionary spirit.

Vietnamese-Thai artist Dao Trong Ly pays tribute to Uncle Ho through his artistic talent, with an exhibition of 55 oil and watercolor paintings set to be unveiled at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi on Friday.

The museum has collaborated with the Association of Thai People of Vietnamese Origin in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, to organize this special exhibition as a commemoration of the 134th birthday anniversary of the late President Ho Chi Minh.

A painting depicting Uncle Ho surrounded by Vietnamese soldiers, capturing his role as a beloved leader and source of inspiration.

Dao Trong Ly, born in 1951, hails from a patriotic overseas Vietnamese family in Nakhon Phanom. He previously served as the chairman of the Association of Thai People of Vietnamese Origin in Nakhon Phanom and now holds the position of head of the advisory council for the general association of Vietnamese in Thailand.

Despite choosing a career as a Vietnamese language teacher, Ly has always been passionate about art and painting since his youth. This exhibition reflects his deep admiration for the late President Ho Chi Minh, whom he considers not just a preeminent hero and politician, but also a man of the people.

Ly’s painting captures Uncle Ho’s love and warmth towards children, showcasing his gentle and caring nature.

Ly began painting portraits of Uncle Ho in 2018 when he started managing a memorial dedicated to him in Nakhon Phanom. His paintings serve as a symbolic diary, chronicling the life and impact of this iconic figure.

A powerful portrait of Uncle Ho by Dao Trong Ly, capturing his strength and determination.

Through his artwork, Ly aims to nurture a deeper appreciation and love for Uncle Ho among both Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese audiences. As a token of his respect and gratitude, Ly has expressed his intention to donate his paintings to the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum following the exhibition.

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