Nguyen Khai, pseudonym of Buu Khai,
artist, born in Hue in 1940, graduated from the National School of Fine Art
in 1963, won the Bronze medal at a Spring Art Exhibition in Saigon even
before his graduation. One of the founders of the Young Vietnamese Artists
Association -- an active and well-known artist group -- in the early 60's,
Nguyen Khai committed himself to painting and found it his only way to probe
the depth of reality, his inner state, and to pursue the marvellous. While
still in his twenties, he became one of the most famous artists in Vietnam.
The fall of the South Vietnam forced him to flee his country in 1981, and
settled in the American State of California. The painter resumed his
painting, and exhibited regularly since then. During the period from 1993 to
1996 he created a new series of paintings on the theme of mankind and
computer, which is designed to show the effects of technology and its growing
complexity on human life. "My new set of painting set forth this idea of
computer corrupting the individualistic spiritual growth. These painting show
the corrosive influence of computers in our everyday life, yet they also show
the beauty of the human mind; it is creations and innovations. They are in a
sense, a reminder to mankind that we created computers and not vice versa. We
control our lives with a strong immaterial power that no computer can ever
replace. The pieces Mother Earth, Lights, Eve Of the 21 Century, Pollution,
Salvation, and Spiritual Silence will lead the way to free people from the
influence if science and back to the inner spiritual development. -- Nguyen
2001 – Old Courthouse Museum, CA.
2000 -- Tustin
Renaissance Gallery (May 2 - June 24, 2000)
Tel: USA – (714) 731-8450
based in the US, established on July 1999.
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