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Tuyen Nguyen is a Hanoi-based watercolorist. In addition, she also makes silk, wood carved and lacquer paintings. Most of artworks are done in realism, which portrays the exquisiteness of ordinary life. Her favourite topics are landscapes, still life, animal, etc…through which she likes to explore the rustic and idyllic charm of life and bring the simple yet extraordinary beauty of nature to her viewers. Since 2012 when she was a student, she participated in many domestic and international art exhibitions. In fact, she received many prestigious awards such as: The first prize for young talent nationwide - Exhibition "National Young Talent for Students of Culture - Arts and Tourism Schools 1st " held by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2012, Consolation Prize for the exhibition "Capital Fine Arts" in 2013 organized by the Hanoi Fine Arts Association, Prize 3 in the contest "The beauty of everyday life" - Department of Photography and exhibition - Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2016, Second Prize at International Watercolor Exhibition in Albi, France in October 2020, 1st Prize at International Pyrenees Watercolor Contest & Exhibition in France in 2021. In addition to participating in exhibitions and selling paintings to collectors, she also teaches at My Thuat Bui Center - a place for people who love painting and want to learn how to paint. Tuyen Nguyen was born in 1992. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Central University of Music and Painting Pedagogy in Hanoi. Currently, She is living and working in Hanoi.
2021: Masters International Watercolor Exhibition / UK
2021: International Pyrenees Watercolour Contest & Exhibition / France
2021: International watercolor Exhibition "Agus Budiyanto Aquarelle" / Indonesia
2020: Exhibition "The Silence" / Hanoi / Vietnam
2020: International exhibition: Exposition Internationale D’aquarelle / Albi / France
2019: Exhibition "About Time" / Hanoi / Vietnam
2018: Capital Fine Arts Exhibition / Hanoi / Vietnam
2018: Exhibition "Wobbly Windows" / Hanoi / Vietnam
2017: 6th + 7th Art for You Exhibition / Hanoi / Vietnam
2016: Exhibition "The beauty of everyday life" / Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition - Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism / Hanoi / Vietnam
2016: The 4th and 5th Art for You Exhibition / Hanoi / Vietnam
2015: The 1st National Exhibition "Young Talents Students of Culture - Art and Tourism Schools" / Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism / Hanoi / Vietnam
2015: 4th Work Room Four Exhibition / Hanoi / Vietnam
2015: 2nd + 3rd Art for You Exhibition / Hanoi / Vietnam
2014: 1st Art for You Exhibition / Hanoi / Vietnam
2013: Exhibition "Capital Fine Arts" / Hanoi Fine Arts Association / Hanoi / Vietnam
2012: Exhibition "Young Talents Students of Culture - Art and Tourism Schools National 1st" / Culture - Sports and Tourism / Hanoi / Vietnam
2015: Bachelor of Fine Arts / Central University of Music and Painting Pedagogy / Hanoi / Vietnam
What is your personal journey from your childhood until now?
Since I was a child, I liked to draw, participated in drawing wall newspapers, designed camp or participated in some competitions, liked to read manga, watch cartoons, and Chinese martial arts films. However, I have never thought of pursuing art because for me, " You must start learning art from a young age, your personality must be unusual, funny like showed in movies". In addition, living in a rural area, having no opportunities to study since childhood like urban friends, drawing tools are just an eraser, pencil, which limited the thought of following the profession of drawing.
By the end of grade 12, when I started looking for a university for entrance exams, the internet was not very popular, there were only books describing the schools to study in. After a month of studying the book, I decided to choose Fine Arts because I felt I was best at this subject... In my mind, at that time I would have to choose a career I love to do for life, because when I do what I like, I won't have to work a day at all.
By the time I learned how to paint professionally, I felt that life was not a dream, I thought that there would be full of artistic people in the art school, I would make friends with other art classmates who speak English like native speaker and paint like they do in movies ... Nothing like that happened, after finishing the first year, painting was just boresome. My English was still as bad as before, I didn’t know what to do after graduation. It was still a boring life; nothing had changed at all.”
After that, I also wanted to break out of negative thoughts, actively want to the exhibition, practiced drawing, learned more from the previous artists, focused on developing my favourite medium of watercolour… And gradually I have become more confident when presenting my works. I love drawing and the profession more than anything.
My family did not stop me from following art school and they always let me have my own choices to learn what I like.
Why did you choose to become an artist and what does it take to become one?
One of the turning points that made me change was that at the end of my sophomore, I was chosen by a teacher to join national student group, and received career orientation and unfolded many areas of painting by that teacher. That has changed my life a lot, making me more confident in pursuing art, participating in some more contests and trying more different materials, , feeling more love, drawing a lot more.
An artist who can follow the path of painting, stick to and succeed with painting requires talent and hard work. Perfect practice, meticulous observation, diligent exploration of many topics and finding new ideas. Learn from many artists and seeking knowledge in life.
What are the main challenges Vietnamese artists are facing?
With the development trend of society, people are constantly changing. This has a great influence on Vietnamese art in general and Vietnamese painting in particular.New art movements and forms such as performance, video art, installation have a large interaction with the public. Art developed more and more increasingly. As a traditional artist pursuing academic art, I find myself always having to update new trends so that I always create beautiful works with artistic value.
This is also a challenge and an opportunity for the artist to always keep up with new trends and changes.
Besides, there are also new artistic trends and types of art that make artists constantly change.
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?
Keep on drawing and update painting activity status regularly so that viewers can recognize my own name and style of painting.
Participate in domestic and foreign exhibition activities to keep up with trends, techniques and new topics from these exhibitions.
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?
This platform will help make the artists more visible to art collectors.
Who are the top 5 artists (domestic or international, deceased or alive) having the most influence on your work?
I did my own research and taught myself to paint with watercolor. There was a time seeing painter Bui Duy Khanh's watercolor exhibition that made me love this material and study drawing, my wish would be to shorten the gap between me and him gradually. Internationally, I love artist liuyi’s paintings because of the delicate, soft and decisive drawing style in her work. Besides, the person I have to thank the most is the painter Bui Quang Khiem, the teacher who infused fire in my painting career….
A lot of other domestic and foreign painters I follow on facebook to be able to quickly update their latest works and learn a lot from their drawing techniques to different topics.
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