Biography - Dao Hai Phong - Toriizaka Art
I didn't actually touch the painting with the brush although Phong gave me the chance and challenge when I visited with him in his studio in May ...<br />
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I loved spending time with Phong.  One of my favorite quotes was "Painting to me is blissful ... like falling in love ... "<br />
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Phong shared a picture of his two sons now 13 and 11 (who he adores) with me and was candid when talking about his life and background.  Thuy, his wife of 14 years is a physician and shares his passion for travel and architecture.

Dao Hai Phong

Dao Hai Phong was born in 1965, the son of the well known artist Dao Duc. He studied at the Hanoi College of Film and Theater from 1982 to 1987 and won an award for his outstanding designs at the Vietnam Film Festival. His main medium is oil on canvas. Although he had painted as a hobby from the age of six, it was only after his graduation that Phong started to focus on developing his unique painting style.

Phong uses a bold palette to depict scenes reminiscent of his childhood and of life as he sees it. His paintings are full of detail but are usually devoid of people and characterized by a peaceful emptiness. An ethereal glow from a light source within a building or the shadows, reflections and mirror images seen in his compositions evoke moods and questions in the viewers mind. Phong’s emotions and genius are embedded in his brilliant pieces. “Painting brings me great pleasure and my works reflect both my optimism and melancholy. Each painting carries some of me with it; my joys, hopes and fears …”

Dao Hai Phong and Nguyen Thanh Binh were featured in "A Peaceful Place" exhibition which opened in Tokyo on November 21, 2009. Room to Read, the beneficiary of this exhibition, received 10,000 US dollars from Toriizaka Art and looks forward to continuing their work of building schools and libraries in Vietnam with the proceeds from the event. Dao Hai Phong has exhibited widely in Vietnam and abroad. His work is collected by enthusiasts all over the world and is regarded as some of the finest among contemporary Vietnamese artists. All works featured by Toriizaka Art are chosen from his private collection and represent his absolute best. Please inquire about additional available pieces.

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