Nguyen Thai Tuan (b.1965, Vietnam)

Nguyen Thai Tuan was born in Quang Tri Province in 1965. He graduated from Hue Fine Arts College in 1987. He lives and works in Dalat. As a child growing up during the Vietnam War, Nguyen Thai Tuan witnessed many atrocities. His home town, Quang Tri, was near the demilitarised zone between North and South Vietnam and was an American base in an area devastated by some of the heaviest fighting of the conflict. Nguyen is now one of the most prominent artists working in Vietnam and memories of the war permeate his work. His paintings have a feeling of brooding unease. They feature bodies without limbs and heads, and people who often look as if they are being tortured or detained. Even though Nguyen is widely respected in Vietnam, he has had one of his exhibitions censored and, like many artists in his country, he navigates a delicate balance between an independent art practice and challenging the status quo.

Thai Tuan, Nguyen b.1965

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