Quan Em (1942)
Do Quan Em was born in 1942 in Ninh Tuan Province. He graduated
in 1965 from the Gia Dinh School of Fines Arts. Do Quan Em was
a teacher in arts for many years. The artist’s style is “hyper-realistic”.
The technique can be traced back to the time when Do Quan Em
worked with his father in photography:
Photographic technique is in my blood”, says the artist.
The artist was also greatly influenced by the contemporary master
Chen Yi Fei.
Quan Em is the first and best hyper-realistic painter in Vietnam.
He gives exceptional care to every aspects
of his composition
and meticulously renders the most intricate details of his
his paintings can take up to three months to produce. A keen
photographer, which he followed from
he continues to paint carefully posed and smoothly executed
portraits of his wife or himself mainly as models, alone
or with identifiable
traditional Vietnamese draped textiles and village utilitarian
artifacts, usually with strong theatrical side lighting contrasting