Le Hoang Bich Phuong (Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng)
Le Hoang Bich Phuong (b.1984, Vietnam) is most well known for her sensitive and surreal silk paintings. Her works often depict anthropomorphised animal characters that provide Phuong with an entry point to explore themes of sexuality and eccentricity whilst challenging societal dogmas. She merges traditional Vietnamese painting techniques with her interest in Japanese manga and the ukiyo-e woodblock prints tradition, to form a distinct and personal style. Phuong graduated from the Ho Chi MInh City FIne Arts University in 2010 after majoring in Oil Painting, and was chosen as a finalist for the Young Talent Award by the Culture & Development Exchange Fund (CDEF) of the Danish Embassy the same year. She has exhibited widely across Vietnam: at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, San Art, Salon Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, and at Manzi and with the Japan Foundation in Hanoi.