Nguyễn Đình Hoàng Việt
Born in 1988 in Dac Lac, Viet grew up in Hue and holds a BA in Applied Arts from the Hue University of Fine Arts.
Viet is best known for his trompe l’oeil portraits of animals (fish, duck, chicken, crab…) looking peacefully content, trancelike, as if captured by a wonderful dream. Although playfully depicted, the works seriously have us question our eyes, as on closer inspection all the creatures turn out to be dead.
His second area of interest is everyday objects – for which he has been producing 2D replicas of things we see and overlook daily with his trademark photorealist precision: broken glass, a bent nail, pieces of paper and a wall crack. However, the obvious and mundane here is made obscure and abstract – not in terms of style but content. Objects perceived to serve a specific function are rendered useless: a painted nail cannot hold a piece of art, a painted crack cannot be fixed, a painted broken piece of glass cannot be swept up.
Viet is able to provoke double-edged meanings and interpretations, whilst questioning the role and value of painting. His works are both witty and thoughtful, lighthearted and destructive.
His recent notable exhibitions included: “The Language of the Images”: Hungarian – Vietnamese Contemporary Painting Exhibition – Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi & HCMC Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh city – 2018; ‘?!’ – Solo Exhibition at Manzi Art Space, Hanoi - 2016