Evening in Wild Snow in Sapa Summer

Pham An Hai

Pham An Hai (b. 1967, Vietnam) graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in 1995 and received his Masters in Painting in 2006. As one of Vietnam’s foremost abstract painters, Hai shifted from a figurative approach progressively to an expressionistic period (1998-1999), before finding his true passion in abstraction from the year 2000 until the present. The language of abstract art has proved to suit the artist who, by nature, is more prone to emotional expression than mimetic representation. His paintings are inspired by landscapes, cityscapes and nature, but he offers his own personal interpretations of these familiar themes noting, “I follow the mood of texture, through the tones of feelings obsessed by surrounding images. No matter what subject I follow, the texture is basically the nature of all my creations.” Hai has participated in several exhibitions in Vietnam and abroad including the US, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere in Asia. Some of his notable works have been included in prestigious public museums and private collections.  

Studio visit with Pham An Hai

This video is part of a series of interviews with artists in the Nguyen Art Foundation collection