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Than is an oil painting artist. He was born in Rach Gia city and currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City. Abstract art is Than's favorite genre whilst expressionist style remains his genuine inspiration source. He thinks that painting is his way to explore his own inner world and to depict not only his worldview but also his optimistic and positive outlook on life. Because the world we live in is facing chaotic events. Than has participated in many art events, such as annual exhibitions, group exhibitions, annual compositions camp for young artists, art workshops held in Ho Chi Minh City as well as other neighboring cities. Currently, he is preparing for his personal exhibition, which will take place in January 2021 at The Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh. Than's paintings have grabbed collectors' interests since he was in school. He has been commissioned by luxury villas owners to create bespoke paintings. Than graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Painting from Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts in 2016. He is currently focusing on his professional artists’ career meanwhile he has been teaching drawing since 2012. Than has also joined the International School of Business of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as Art Advisor for students there.
2021: Body in the Body / Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh / HCMC, Vietnam.
2021: Art Rotation 2 by Art Consulting Asia / Le Meridien Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam.
2020: 5+ / Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh / HCMC, Vietnam.
2019: The Looking Back / Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition House / HCMC, Vietnam.
2020: Memories of Spring Day / Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh / HCMC, Vietnam.
2020: New Composing and Composing Camp Performance Report 2020 / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2019: Biennale / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2019: All species are equal II / A. Farm exhibition space / HCMC, Vietnam.
2018: Charity Art Auction Exhibition for Children with Disabilities / Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers/ HCMC, Vietnam.
2017: Biennale / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2017: Vietnam Domino Art Fair / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2016: Report on the Composition Camp / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2015: Annual Painting Exhibition for Students / Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts / HCM, Vietnam.
2015: Annual Reunification Day Exhibition / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2015: Report on the Composition Camp/ Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2014: Annual Painting Exhibition for Students / Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2014: Annual Reunification Day Exhibition/ Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2014: Report on the Composition Camp / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2013: Annual Painting Exhibition for Students / Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts / HCM, Vietnam.
2013: Annual Reunification Day Exhibition / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2013: Report on the Composition Camp / Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts / HCMC, Vietnam.
2016: Bachelor / Painting (Oil painting) / Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts / Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Than Lam Son's Interview (March 2021)
What is your personal journey from your childhood until now?
Since I was in kindergarten, my love for painting has manifested. I was very fortunate that my mother gave me the opportunity to study and play while participating in drawing contests and win a few small prizes. Realizing the potential, I became more serious with learning to draw and made a decision to take the entrance exam to the University of Architecture. However, the more I studied drawing, the sooner I realized that my passion for painting became stronger and stronger, so I finally decided to enter the College of Fine Arts with the support of my family. After being engaged and immersed in the painting environment, I came to realize that it was not only a passion for painting but also a desire to work professionally and wanted to bring my home country art to international attention. Going on this challenging road requires a lot of elements that need to be perfected and developed constantly. Since then, painting has been like my daily activities. At the same time, I always try to join groups to exchange and learn to improve my art knowledge.
Why did you choose to become an artist and what does it take to become one?
There are 2 reasons: 1) I really like to draw, I feel like painting is part of my life. 2) Becoming an artist has always been my childhood dream. Works of art are like a special language, a language that transcends space and time. Spanish can not be a barrier for those who really feel and recognize the beauty in paintings by Pablo Picasso. And although the painter Claude Monet has long passed away, the dedication he left behind for the next life will remain famous forever. Through painting, we can truly pass on messages and stories from the past to the present and the future to all people around the world who share our passion.
An artist is a person who can use his very own personal language to convey the energies and messages he wants to convey into his paintings.
What are the main challenges Vietnamese artists are facing?
Although Vietnamese art has been conceived and formed a long time ago in Vietnamese history. However, the value of Vietnamese paintings has only been fully appreciated and evaluated relatively appropriately in recent times. Therefore, Vietnamese artists must struggle very hard in maintaining income to stabilize their life and artistic activities, in moderation and throughout their career.
In addition, despite the emergence of many organizations, there are still not many professional exhibitions and platforms where potential collectors have access to serious and dedicated artists.
There are very few art exhibitions in Vietnam and art is under regulation. What is your strategy to exhibit your work, enhance your awareness and sell your artworks?
Exhibitions and regulations in Vietnamese art are a challenge that Vietnamese artists need to be determined to overcome.
From my personal perspective, each artist has his own language and orientation. The more regular they practice and are thorough in their career, the more they will understand themselves and the personal language that they want to convey in their work. Works of art can be compared to the variety of cuisines. There may be some dishes that suit the general taste of many people, but there are also some very special dishes but not everyone can feel the taste of it. Also the works of art, some lucky painters choosing for themselves a more welcomed and popular style doesn’t mean that artists with different personal languages have to falter. If they boldly research and experience their own style, then there will be a time when someone will realize their unique values.
My strategy is nothing other than constantly trying to learn, work, develop and improve myself and the work I do. In addition, I try to participate in groups and exhibitions so that I can introduce many of my brainchildren to people.
You recently decided to join Silapix.com and the Silapix Art Rotation Program developed by Art Consulting Asia. What is the added-value of these new concepts and what benefits do you think Vietnamese artists will withdraw from them?
Currently, art curating platform in Vietnam is very few. The appearance of the Silapix Art Rotation community is a very happy event for Vietnamese artists. Thanks to that, the artists are connected with each other, learn together and exchange new information and knowledge. More importantly, the artists will have an opportunity to gain access to art activities both domestically and more widely in Asia. Vietnamese painting has one more large boat to cross the ocean and immerse in the world of painting.
Who are the top 5 artists (domestic or international, deceased or alive) having the most influence on your work?
The 5 teachers who have great influence on the way I live and work in my profession are:
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