Artwork in Traditional Hanoi Style by Local Artists

A mesmerizing story from a decade of Vietnamese printmaking is on display at a new exhibition of woodblock collections, each boasting exquisite and delicate carvings.


The Graphic Art exhibition, titled “From Folklore to Contemporary,” is now open in Hanoi. This highly anticipated event showcases an impressive collection of over 50 artworks by six talented Vietnamese printmakers: Nguyen Nghia Phuong, Phan Hai Bang, Vu Dinh Tuan, Pham Khac Quang, Vu Bach Lien, and Nguyen Khac Han. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore the diverse and captivating world of graphic art in Vietnam.

Experience a captivating exhibition showcasing an extensive assortment of woodblock collections meticulously crafted with inspiration drawn from traditional printmaking techniques. Each exquisite piece embraces the artist’s unique identity and incorporates contemporary concepts, adding a modern touch to this timeless art form.

The artworks showcased have a distinct contemporary essence, both in terms of content and form. These pieces captivate viewers with their unique vision, compelling narratives, and thought-provoking ideas. Each artwork evokes a myriad of emotions and leaves a lasting impact on those who engage with them, fostering a profound appreciation for the beauty of art.

Painter Nguyen Nghia Phuong is renowned for his profound understanding of folk aesthetics and his ability to capture the cultural essence of the Kinh Bac region.

 Visitors at the exhibition. Photo: VNA

Painter Phan Hai Bang creates artwork that combines intricate allusions with themes of fertility, personal emotions, patience, and enlightenment.

My friend, Vu Dinh Tuan, skillfully captivates viewers with his captivating oriental painting style, which exudes a sense of mystery and magic. Meanwhile, my colleague, Pham Khac Quang, impresses with his adeptness in employing visual effects and his exceptional ability to convey a mesmerizing and enchanting atmosphere through meticulous attention to detail.

 An artwork by Vu Bach Lien.

Vu Bach Lien’s artwork is characterized by its detailed structure, large scale, and special creativity. In this exhibition, her works are displayed alongside those of Nguyen Khac Han, whose art makes a strong and deep visual impression. Han’s work reflects his interest in aspects of East-West convergence and explores modern and traditional cultures through the use of black and white tones.

Throughout the centuries, graphic art has played a significant role and has a rich history. In Vietnam, this tradition dates back thousands of years, with its origins found in engravings and stencils of Buddhist scriptures. The art form has evolved over time, with notable contributions from the 16th to 19th centuries, including the renowned Dong Ho, Hang Trong, and Kim Hoang folk paintings. Although these art forms may have evolved, they still hold the essence of ancient art and continue to be cherished for their cultural value.

 Ladies – An artwork by Vu Dinh Tuan.

During the French Indochina period and the two resistance wars, a generation of painters emerged in Vietnam, leaving a lasting impact on the history of Vietnamese art. These talented artists, including Nguyen Sang, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, and Ta Ty, produced exceptional graphic works such as prints and woodblock prints.

The field of printmaking has been significantly enriched by the contributions of talented individuals from the next generation. Prominent artists including Vu Duy Nghia, Tran Nguyen Dan, Phung Pham, and Le Huy Tiep have continued the rich tradition of printmaking, seamlessly bridging the gap between ancient techniques and contemporary practices. Their remarkable works exemplify the evolution of printmaking throughout history and into the modern era.

The artists featured in the exhibition “Graphic Art – From Folklore to Contemporary” hold a significant influence in the progression of Vietnamese graphic art. These individuals are renowned for their ability to represent the contemporary graphic art scene in Vietnam, while also serving as a platform for emerging artists to showcase their talents.

The exhibition will be open until September 29th at Anh Duong Art Space, located in Long Bien District.

 Ngu kim by Nguyen Nghia Phuong.