Nguyen Quan Phu To

Painter, art critic and art historian, Quan was one of the most important painters in the 80’s and 90's as Vietnam moved towards increased freedom of artistic expression, and remains a leading figure in Vietnam today. He was the first to break many of the taboos that had existed during the period between 1945 and 1981, and as such he was the artist that many young artists, including the renowned ‘Gang of Five’, looked to as their leader. Rich in symbolism, and concerned with tradition, the village and Vietnamese heritage, his style is naturally spontaneous and free, his work intensely personal, revealing his inner soul and the complexity of his feelings.