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 2000 until now. The language of abstract art has proven 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, texture is basically the nature of all my creations.”

After beginning his artistic journey with exhibitions in Vietnam, Pham An Hai expanded his presence globally. His solo and group exhibitions include At the Hindsight at Green Palm Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2016; Merging the Best of East and West in London, UK, 2008; Inside & Outside in Bangkok, Thailand, 2007; Vietnam Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, 2005; Vietnam Now in Seattle, Washington, USA, 2005; Nam Son Art Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam, and Sofitel Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2000; Selected Paintings, Philip Morris Company, 1999; Young Painter Contemporary, Haiphong, Vietnam, 1998; and Coming Spring, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1998. Some of his notable works are included in the collections of 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