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Do Thi Ninh

Do Thi Ninh (b. 1947, Vietnam) graduated from Hanoi’s Vietnam College of Fine Arts in 1966 and is part of a generation of artists who emerged in the early 1980s and began to rebel against what they perceived as the superficiality, lack of personality and dogmatic formulae of mainstream art. They sought new outlets and directions for Vietnamese painting, and seem to have succeeded in persuading the authorities to accept diversity and individual freedom in artistic creations. She was a member of Tạp chí Mỹ thuật under editor-in-chief and critic Nguyen Quan. In a short amount of time, the magazine had shifted its focus from figurative and wartime art to criticism and discourse on Modernism, and with that a more international outlook. Do Thi Ninh is known for her lacquer and oil paintings depicting Vietnamese landscapes, though little has been written about her experience as a wartime sketch artist. Her work is included in the collection of the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, as well as in private and public collections in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden and France.