The psychedelic artist.
Although he may have started down the conventional English teaching route, it didn’t take long for Hanoi-based American artist Travis Risner to carve out a more unique niche for himself.
The abstract artist.
Despite being only in her mid-20s, in June 2016 Maida Gayle suffered a minor stroke.
The sketch artist.
Drawn to Ho Chi Minh City for work and to fulfil a dream that was created after backpacking Vietnam, Allan Kjaer moved to Saigon nine years ago.
Artist and teacher.
The idea is to keep evolving, growing, and then expanding. One shouldn’t stop at a finished piece,” says Lilly Wong when asked about her work.
The face behind VinSpace Art Studio and the recently rebranded Vin Gallery, Malaysian artist Shyevin S’ng has been spreading the artistic vibe around Saigon for more than five years.
Saigon Artbook is a dynamic, non-profit organisation that publishes and exhibits quarterly in Saigon, featuring innovative and, as yet, undiscovered Vietnamese or long-term expat artists working in the city. They are now calling for submissions to find artists for the upcoming editions in 2016.
A cartoonist and a teacher, But Chi’s raison d’etre is to use the creation and appreciation of art as a way to open up the mind. Words by Hoa Le. Images provided by the artist
When the painter Nguyen Dinh Dang first read post-Doi Moi literary sensation Nguyen Huy Thiep he was shocked. When he tracked Thiep down in a publishing house, a unique collaboration followed. Words and art by Nguyen Dinh Dang
On a housing complex wall in Ho Chi Minh City, an anonymous story plays out in a parade of changing faces. Emma Roy-Williams ponders the thought behind these solitary thinkers. Photos by Kyle Phanroy
Even though Vietnam has developed a market for contemporary art, domestic galleries continue to invest in expensive Hong Kong exhibition space to show Vietnamese artworks. Cristina Nualart asks why this is happening and if it’s a good thing. Photos provided by Galerie Quynh,
Craig Thomas Gallery and Suzanne Lecht