Painter Chu Thảo (b. 1945, Hanoi, Vietnam) graduated from the Faculty of Graphics of the Industrial Fine Arts University in 1967 and graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts – Yet Kieu, Hanoi, in 1981. While on the battlefield (1969-1975), in addition to the professional work as a reporter (he joined the army as a reporter of the Lao Dong newspaper) he was also passionate about recording and composing sketches and paintings on the subject of revolutionary war and other topics. Using watercolor, graphite, crayon and other materials, he is most recognised for his portraits of soldiers and civilians and his war sketches have been printed in many domestic art magazines, especially art magazines in Vietnam. His works can be found in the collections of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, and the Ho Chi Minh City War Remnants Museum. In 1994 he had a solo exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City that attracted great attention from the media and art community.