Nguyen Quang Huy

b. 1971, Ha Tay, Vietnam
Lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam

Nguyen Quang Huy is a Vietnamese contemporary artist, best known for his paintings of the landscapes and the women of the highland H’mong people. Nguyen uses a predominantly blue palette, inspired by the natural indigo dyes.

Nguyen Quang Huy studied at the Hanoi Fine Arts University, graduating in 1996, and has participated in residencies in Germany, Australia and the USA. Referred to as a member of a small group of pioneers of Vietnamese contemporary art, Huy was among one of the first Hanoi artists to display their work internationally, and who significantly influenced the subsequent development of contemporary art in Hanoi.

His paintings reflect the misty dreamlike coolness of the mountains, as well as the beauty of the H’mong girls, his most used subject matter. The H’mong tribe, an ethnic minority residing in the mountainous areas in Northern Vietnam, where the climate is often clouded in fog and mist, are depicted in a series of portraits and landscapes. Nguyen Quang Huy has traveled there many times over the years and gotten to know the landscape, people and their ways of life, giving them all a tangible atmosphere in his paintings.

Nguyen Quang Huy is currently part of Nhà Sàn Collective, the first non-profit experimental art space in Vietnam.

Biography information from www.widewalls.ch, August 2022

Country: Vietnam
Nhà Sàn Collective: www.nhasan.org