Biography - Nguyen Minh Phuoc - Toriizaka Art
With Minh Phuoc in Hanoi outside the Dong Son Foundation April, 2009.

Minh Phuoc

Nguyen Minh Phuoc was born in Hanoi in 1973. He graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts Institute in 1997 and was awarded the Philip Morris Encouragement Prize at the Asean Art Awards that year.

Phuoc’s art focuses on the iconic image of a monk or a group of monks, with their saffron robes, viewed from the back, traveling on a purposeful journey. The setting of his works varies from pagodas and temples to far off lights and forests. His palate is usually di- or tri-chromatic and the simplicity and two dimensionality of the background contrasts with the detail of the monks’ muscular bodies and their flowing robes. Although the sun is never depicted, its presence is experienced. Phuoc achieves a balance of light and shadow creating a palpable feeling of movement and warmth in each piece.

Phuoc’s works convey a sense of calm and serenity that sets his art apart and makes it truly remarkable. His works have been exhibited on numerous occasions in Vietnam, Tokyo, China, and Hong Kong. He has also exhibited several times in the United States (receiving an honorable mention from the Vermont Studio Center) and was recently featured in a very successful exhibition in Germany.

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