Đinh Thị Thắm Poong
Born in 1970 in a Muong minority family, Dinh Thi Tham Poong went on to study at the Hanoi Fine Arts College and graduated in 1993.
Poong combines images from her own Muong heritage with a surrealist visual landscape imbuing her canvases – both formally and emotionally - with quality which can be described as utterly unique and completely global. Pure flights of the imagination fuse with concrete details from daily life creating canvases that work and play in the ethereal landscape of the mind. Utilizing a pattern uponpatterninaflat palette of color on traditional Dzo paper, the artist creates a world at once introspective and surrealistic. Depictions of ethnic minorities juxtaposed with flat decorative pattern are flights of imagination fused with normal daily life, they are but one destination point in this versatile artist's work.
Tham Poong’s works are held in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others.