An exhibition featuring stories about villages is offering visitors an opportunity to see the Vietnamese countryside in a colourful way, through the special point of view of an artist who exclusively depicts vistas from rural life.

The landscape and people's lives from the now fast disappearing countryside are painted by Ta Thi Thanh Tam.

Her works, on display in Hanoi since September 4, are painted on paper using lacquer to depict her reflections and meditations of the countryside, such as pagodas, temples and monks, elderly people playing chess, young sweethearts spending precious time together, and children playing together.

Tam said her interest in folk and traditional features in fine arts stems from the beauty of Dong Ho folk paintings.

"I was born in a small village near Huong Pagoda where the scenes of the beloved homeland always inspire me to continue to create although I later moved to live in the city," Tam said.

"Through simple sketches, I want to convey a profound meaning inside," she said.

Tam was born in Hanoi in 1960 and graduated at the Hanoi University of Fine Arts.

Now she is a member of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and her works have been shown in several countries around the world including Germany , Singapore , Sweden , the US , the Netherlands and Italy .

The exhibition, part of the programme Year of Italy in Vietnam, will run until September 18 at Casa Italia, 18 Le Phung Hieu Street, Hanoi.-VNA