Korean-Vietnamese art contest names winners

Artist Pham Thuan won first prize at the painting contest held by the Korean Cultural Centre and the Vietnamese Ministry’s of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Korean-Vietnamese art contest names winners ảnh 1Big winner: The awarding-painting by Pham Thuan (Source: internet)
Hanoi (VNA) - Artist Pham Thuan has won the first prize at the painting contest held by the Korean Cultural Centre and the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s department of exhibition, photography and fine arts.

The award ceremony was held early this week to honour the winners including second prize Le Anh and third prize Nguyen Ngoc Thanh.

“It is a really big surprise for me," said Thuan. "When I decided to take part in the contest, I just thought that it would be a good chance for me to show my paintings."

Entitled Tinh Hoa 2017 (Quintessence 2017) the oil-on-canvas, 120cm-by-146cm painting features a young girl and a man behind in Korean traditional hanbok costume with a background including a dish of kimchi, leaves representing for ginseng and national flower of Korea.

"I chose quintessence as my theme because I think that it could include everything from cuisine, costume and art. I didn’t know much about Korea culture until I participated in the contest," said the artist.

After graduating from Vietnam Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA) in 2011, Thuan has worked as designer for different companies. His works were selected to display at the National Fine Arts Exhibition 2015 and the Fine Arts Exhibition of the Red River Delta Area in 2013.

The first prize will include a visit to the Republic of Korea and a solo exhibition at the cultural centre.

The painting contest, entitled Korea, Traditional and Modern, is one of many activities in different fields to celebrate the 25th diplomatic relationship between Vietnam and the RoK in 2017.

It was held for local artists under the age of 45 to discover Korean culture and promote cultural exchange between the two countries. Fourteen finalists’ works are on display at the centre until July 16, No. 49 Nguyễn Du Street.

This is the second time a painting contest for Vietnamese artists was held by the cultural centre with financial support of Hanse Yes24 Culture Fund.-VNA 

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