• Nguyen Thu

    Nguyen Thu was born in 1930 in Bac Thai, Hanoi, and was trained at the Indochina Fine Arts College during the period 1957 ? 1962. He was considered to be an artist of the Viet Bac mountains. His drawing lines were soft but strong. He was applauded by his peers as the artist who most accurately captured Ho Chi Minh?s portrait.

    Nguyen Thu was eventually promoted to be the Dean of the Indochina Fine Arts College. Nowadays that College has changed its name to the Hanoi University of Art. Until recently, a corner of that University, located at 42 Yet Kieu Street, Hanoi, was his home. Truly, Nguyen Thu dedicated his life and his career to modern Art and particularly to Vietnamese propaganda paintings.

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  • Nguyen Tien Canh

    When the first phase of the general attack of ?Tet Mau Than? ('Tet Offensive?) started in 1968, the Central Political Propaganda and Ideological Education Department, together with the Culture and Vietnamese Art Ministry, launched a campaign of propaganda painting celebrating the great offensive. Hundreds of artists from everywhere heartily and eagerly bustled to take part in the effort. After only one week, the painting named ?Hoan Ho Hue Dai Thang? (?Bravo Great Victory in Hue?) by Nguyen Tien Canh, was chosen to be printed out in a large sized frame and copies were published throughout North Vietnam. Eventually this work became the basis of a postage stamp.

    Some of Nguyen Tien Can?s works in the Dogma Collection include: ?Mien Nam Anh Hung? (?The South is Heroic?); ?Cac Con Ve Giai Phong Que' (?We Come to Free the Country?); ?Me Vietnam Anh Hung? ('Vietnamese Mother is a Heroine?); ?TIen Len Toan Thang At Ve Ta? (?Advance Complete Victory Will Be Ours?); and ?Giu Vung Mach Mau Giao Thong? (?Keep the Transportation Net Steady?).

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  • Nguyen Quan Ng

    Nguyen Quan Nq was born in 1948 in Vinh Phu, Hanoi. He wrote a numerous books about the painting and art. He was also an artist who combined European art with the traditional art styles of Vietnam.

    At present, Nguyen Quan Ng is a teacher of art history and an acknowledged art critic.

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  • Pham Ngoc Hai

    Numerous painting in the ?Dogma Collection? were done by Pham Hoc Hai.

    Pham Hoc Hai was born on 30 July 1942 in Hanoi. He was just ten years old when he started studying with his teacher, Luong Xuan Nhi, at the Tri Tri ? Hanoi Painting School. From 1963 ? 1976, he studied at the senior art class at My Thuat Vietnam (Vietnam Art School). From 1976 ? 2002, he worked and taught art at the Hanoi University of Art.

    Pham Hoc Hai also worked with others who together were known as the ?Hoc Hai Team?. This Team comprised a group of art school students led by Pham Hoc Hai. They spent days and nights eagerly producing a great amount of propaganda art to support the cause of Vietnamese independence.

    After Liberation Day, Pham Hoc Hai took part in an exhibition with the rest of the ?Hoc Hai Team?, including other well known artists such as Truong Hanh, Pham Sy, and Tieu Bach.

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  • Le Huy Toan

    Colonel Artist Le Huy Toan was born on 10 October 1930 in Vinh Yen Ward, Ving Phuc, Hanoi. Due to his deep love for the country, Le Huy Toan participated in the Revolutionary movement to promote Vietnamese independence. He became a Party Secretary of Vietnamese Army ? People?s Art Division. He died on 22 September 2007.

    It can be said that Le Huy Toan inherited his artistic talents from his father. He took part in a range of artistic and creative pursuits including singing, dancing, playing music, drama and painting propaganda pictures. He painted even when in situations of extreme poverty and danger.

    Le Huy Toan left the Vietnam Army History Museum, many excellent paintings such as: ?Lich Su Dien Bien Phu? (?Dien Bien Phu History?), ?Dai Doan Ket Dan Toc? ('The Total Vietnamese Nation?). Especially famous paintings of his are ?Vietnam Anh Hung Ca? (?Vietnamese Epic?) and ?Chien Dich Ho Chi Minh? ('Ho Chi Minh Campaign?).

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  • Nguyen Cong Do

    Nguyen Cong Do was born in 1930 in Hanoi and served in the Viet Minh during the struggle against the French in 1949. He was deeply engrossed in painting and therefore returned to the Ecole Superior de Beaux ArtsI de I'Indochine ( Fine arts school of Hanoi) for study in the years 1963 ? 1968. Afterwards, in 1970, he again ventured back to the battlefield, with as he says, ?one hand on the trigger, the other on a paint brush?.

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  • Huynh Phuong Dong

    Huynh Phuong Dong was also know as Huynh Cong Nhan (many revolutionaries, including Ho Chi Minh, used various names for security reasons). He was born in 1925 in Saigon, but his childhood was spent mostly in Soc Trang Province in the southern Delta region.

    Huynh Phong Dong studied for about 5 years at the ?Gia Dinh Painting School? in the south during the years of 1940 ? 1945. The day he graduated from his school is also the day he participated in ?Cuoc cach mang mua thu nam 1945? (?The Autumn Resistance in 1945?). Altogether Huynh Phuong Dong was a soldier for 9 years, including serving in the tough Rung Sac campaign.

    As an artist Huynh Phong Dong served as a live witness to two devastating wars in Vietnam. His life and his career have been recorded in various books.

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  • Tran Van Can

    Tran Van Can was a well-known painter and a member of the ?Art Association of Vietnam?. He became a teacher who taught many other prominant Vietnamese artists. He was born in 1910 in Kien An, Haiphong ,and died in 1994 in Hanoi.

    After graduating from the ?Indochina Fine Arts College? following his study during the years 1931-1936, Tran Van Can produced many paintings, some of which were awarded the Ho Chi Minh prizes for art. To many art-loving people, his painting named ?Em Thu? (?Sweetheart Thu??), is immortal.

    Tran Van Can also contributed a great deal to propaganda painting. Through his art he inspired people to participate in the struggle for the Nation?s independence. Among his propaganda paintings in the ?Dogma Collection? is one named ?Chong My? (?Against Americans?).

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  • Nguyen Tuong Lan

    Nguyen Tuong Lan has born in 1906 and died in 1947 in Hanoi. He was one of the earliest painters in the ?Art Association of Vietnam?. Like many of his fellow artists who followed him, Nguyen Tuong Lan attended the Ecole Superior de Beaux ArtsI de I'Indochine ( Fine arts school of Hanoi) during the years, 1928-1933. Though his artistic life was relatively short, Nguyen Tuong Lan did leave a number of inspiring paintings that were completed during the time of the fight against the French colonialists.

    One of Nguyen Tuong Lan?s most famous works is a silk modern art painting entitled ?Chua Mot Mai? (?One Roof Pagoda?). Some of his propaganda works include: ?Quan Dan Viet Nam? ('Soldiers and People of Vietnam?); ?Vi Doc Lap Dan Toc? ('For the Nation?s Independence?); and ?Bao Ve To Quoc? (?Protect the Country?).

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  • Pham Viet Hong Lam

    Pham Viet Hong Lam was born in 1946 in Thanh Hoa. He is a successful painter on silk material and graduated from the ?Vietnamese Art College? in the mid Seventies. He then became a teacher of both music and art at the same College between 1977 ? 1993.

    Pham Viet Hong Lam?s most successful painting is ?Cuoc Song Thanh Binh? (?Peaceful Life?). The desire for peace was his dream during the long struggle against the Americans and the Southern Regime. He wanted to send his message of peace to all mankind. Some of his other propaganda works displayed in the ?Dogma Collection? include: ?Xay Dung Dat Nuoc Dang Hoang Hon? ('Build Up the Country?); the remarkable ?May Bay My Da Roi? (?American Planes Were Shot Down?); ?Quyet Chien, Quyet Thang? (?To Fight and to Gain Victory?); and ?Sai Gon Tung Bung Co Hoa? (?Sai Gon Merrily Amimated with Flags and Flowers').

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  • Van Duong Thanh

    Van Duong Thanh is one of the few female artists in the ?Dogma Collection?. When only four years old she accompanied her father to Hanoi. When he was busy, she was cared for by a close friend of her father's, a painter, whose paintings soon made a deep impression on her.

    Van Duong Thanh spent hard years learning how to paint amid a lack of basic materials such as water paints, drawing paper etc. But perseverance enabled her to become a successful painter specialising in painting children and women?s portraits. The portrait ?Be Son? (?Son Baby?) in oils is presently exhibited in the Hanoi Art Museum.

    As a part of her propaganda painting effort held in the ?Dogma Collection?, Van Duong Thanh painted? ?Bac Nam' (?North ? South?).

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  • Nguyen Trong Cat

    Nguyen Trong Cat was born in 1929. He was a successful lacquerware painter and produced many propaganda paintings which displayed his love for his country and determination to assist in the fight for independence. His works include: ?Chung mot ly tuong? ('In One Ideology?).

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  • Dang Quy Khoa

    Dang Quy Khoa was born in 1936 in Hanoi and was a successful painter on silk. He was one of 12 early students of the Hanoi University of Art and after his graduation, he was posted there as a long term teacher. At the present time, he serves as Vice Dean.

    Historic heroes like Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Hue, and especially Nguyen Ai Quoc, alias Ho Chi Minh ? Uncle Ho, always served as his main inspiration.

    Dang Quy Khoa liked to recall the great honour he felt in being able to attend the meeting on 3 September 1960 in the Bach Thao ? Hanoi Garden. He remembers that Uncle Ho stood on the stage, holding a baton and conducted the orchestra for ?Bai Ca Doan Ket? (?Gather Into a Community?). He says that the whole audience not only stood up, but clapped hands and sang along. A photo of this event by the photographer, Lam Hoang Long, later became the basis of a postal stamp entitled: ?Uncle Ho conducting the song "Bai Ca Doan Ket" ("Gathering Into a Community") by composer, Dang Quy Khoa'. This stamp was awarded a prize and was chosen to be published to mark what would have been Ho Chi Minh?s 88th birthday.

    Dang Quy Khoa made a strong contribution of 10 stimulating propaganda paintings that truly reflect the fighting determination of the soldiers and people of Vietnam during two wars of Resistance against the French colonialists and the American supported Southern regime.

    One of these paintings named ?Danh My (?Fighting the Americans?) is held by the ?Dogma Collection?.

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  • Tran Dan

    Tran Dan was born in 1926 in Nam Dinh, Hanoi. He died in that same City in 1997. Besides being a painter, he was a poet and a novelist. He took part in the Resistance against the French colonialists in 1953 and was eventually caught and imprisoned by them. In order to keep the secrets of the organization, he tried to kill himself on a number of occasions.

    Tran Dan was a personal witness to two devastating wars of independence; after living through these, no one could keep him from completing his inspired paintings.

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  • Nguyen Khang

    Nguyen Khang was born in 1911 in Hanoi. He graduated in painting at Ecole Superior de Beaux ArtsI de I'Indochine ( Fine arts school of Hanoi), which he attended from 1930 ? 1935.

    Nguyen Khang was one of the first famous painters of modern art in Vietnam. A collection of his paintings was exhibited in many countries in the world, including France, Japan, and Germany. At present, two of Khang?s well-known paintings entitled ?Fishing Under the Moonlight? and 'Peace and Friendship?, are shown at the Vietnam Arts Museum, Hanoi.

    One of Khang?s sketches about the Vietnam - American War, completed to commemorate two periods of intense fighting and hardship, was given an award by the Vietnamese Government in 2000. Unfortunately, Khang could not be present to receive the honour because he died much earlier in 1989. However, the name Nguyen Khang will be forever proudly remembered because of the invaluable contribution this artist made to the people of Vietnam during their struggle for liberation.

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  • Pham Gia Giang

    Pham Gia Giang was born in 1912 in Hanoi. He was a unique student who studied sculpture rather than painting at the ?Indochinese Fine Arts College? during its the tenth course from 1934 ? 1939.

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  • Truong Be

    Trung Be was a painter who gained success in the use of lacquer. He was born in Quang Tri Province, which was a centre of conflict during the wars for independence against both the French colonialists and American backed Southern regime.

    With an artist?s soul, Trung Be blew the breath of life into his paintings, aiming to campaign for patriots, and for an anti-war movement in order to bring about peace and tranquillity.

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  • Huynh Van Gam

    Huynh Van Gam was born in 1922 in Long An Province. He graduated in painting at the Ecole Superior de Beaux ArtsI de I'Indochine ( Fine arts school of Hanoi) from its fifteenth course held during the years 1941 ? 1946.

    Huynh Van Gam is a talented and famous painter from the southern region of Vietnam. His nickname is Vo Van Tu. (As previously stated, during the period of the Vietnam - American War, people in action often used many nicknames to help them to deceive their enemies.)

    Being a very patriotic painter, the artist joined the People?s Revolution in May 1945 and he was admitted to the Communist Party in June 1945. He served as a Provincial Vice Secretary in charge of provincial military organizations.

    While working with the Vietnamese Arts Association, Huynh Van Gam portrayed a real feeling of what it was like to live on the home front. He created hundreds of propaganda paintings that strongly reflected popular sentiments during the two periods of the wars of resistance against both the French and the Americans backed Southern regime.

    Two of his many propaganda works were made of pumice lacquer in 1970. These works are named ?Going Ahead To Victory? and ?Heart and Barrel of a Gun?. These paintings show a latent power, portraying the heroic style of the soldiers who fought face-to-face with their enemies.

    Another work of this artist in the ?Dogma Collection? is named: ?Firm Hands with a Gun?.

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  • Tran Huy Oanh

    Tran Huy Oanh was born in 1939 in Hanoi. He graduated from the Ecole Superior de Beaux ArtsI de I'Indochine ( Fine arts school of Hanoi) as a sculptor. He was then retained to work as a lecturer at the school.

    Oanh?s well known painting named ?Dragon Jaws Bridge? is currently exhibited at the Hanoi Arts Museum. It was completed in lacquer and portrays the scene of the Army and the people in a secret operation.

    The propaganda painting ?Uncle Ho is Together with Us on Operations?, which Oanh painted together with his college peer and fellow painter, Nguyen Thu, strongly reflects the force of the People?s Revolution.

    At present, Oanh serves as the Vice General Secretary of the Viet Nam Arts Association.

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  • Nguyen Vinh

    Nguyen Vinh was born into a poor labouring family in 1948 in Cat Ba Island off Hai Phong City, but he subsequently lived in Hanoi for many years. He died in 2008.

    Lessons learned from fighting in battle in the role of a common soldier with a firm hold of a weapon to protect the nation, made Vinh?s paintbrush more perfect, profound and powerful. After five years on the battlefield he was transferred to the ?Hanoi University of Arts? to keep on studying painting, which he did until 1979.

    Oanh won many honours awarded by the Vietnamese Association of Arts, the Ministry of National Defence, and other organizations. These awards were given to recognise a great painter who had reached the height of creativity with his paintings. Having personally experienced the sorrows of war, Oanh felt deeply about the miseries suffered by the ordinary Vietnamese women and children. As a result, most of his paintings were focused on these two subjects.

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