Trương Tiến Trà
Born in 1979 in Thanh Hoa, Truong Tien Tra graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University and the Surikov Moscow Art Institute in Russia.
Having always been fascinated by the lives of those living on the margins of society, Tra observes them with great sympathy and exquisitely conveys their stories into his works. which are both semi-autobiographical and observational, at times even meditative. Oil paint is commonly used by the artist, however, recently he has become more interested in using traditional materials and techniques such as lacquer, silver-leaf etching and metal work and water colour on dó paper. At first glance, Truong Tien Tra’s works appear minimalistic, with deliberation on shape, color and composition, his tone evincing a forlorn spirit, a dislocation of modern man between rapid industrialisation and traditional belief systems.
Notable exhibitions include Hanoi March Meeting, Vietnam and Thailand, 2018; ‘Zen’, L’Espace, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2017; ‘Linh Thú’, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2016; ‘Portrait’, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2012; ‘The Distorted Truth 2′, Suffusive Art Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2007; ‘Oil Paintings’, Cheongju Museum, Korea, 2007; ‘The Distorted Truth 1′, Suffusive Art Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2006.