Nguyen Quoc Dan promoted as on-air face in NHK channel

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Nguyen Quoc Dan promoted as on-air face in NHK channel

Vietnamese artist Nguyen Quoc Dan has been chosen as the new face of Japanese TV program Takeshi Art Beat. The program, on channel NHK, is dedicated to promoting new genres of arts and introducing new artists.

Nguyen Quoc Dan promoted as on-air face in NHK channel

By My Tran in HCMC

Vietnamese artist Nguyen Quoc Dan makes color chords on his painting at his art workshop in HCMC’s Binh Thanh District - Photo: My Tran
Vietnamese artist Nguyen Quoc Dan has been chosen as the new face of Japanese TV program Takeshi Art Beat. The program, on channel NHK, is dedicated to promoting new genres of arts and introducing new artists.

“I was really moved when I was chosen to meet representatives of NHK Channel by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Dan. “I was so nervous and I burst into tears with happiness as after two weeks of working with me and searching, the organizers of NHK decided to give me an agreement.”

Last year, Dan attracted a lot of publicity when he held an exhibition with his own painting style that he named non-cubism. His paintings attract viewers with lines of colors weaving together and forming into structures which are able to create profound and lurid feelings.

Dan uses nylon tubes to make endless color seamless cords as tangled reels which depict vehicles, portraits or daily images. “I am really impressed with colorful and liberal lines which seem never-ending as well as the way color chords interlace together, creating a strong visual effect for viewers,” said Nanjou Fumio, director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, in a video clip which will be broadcast on NHK.

Meanwhile, after looking at the portraits of vehicles weaved by color chords, Miyata Ryuhei, principal of University of Tokyo, said in the video that “Paintings present good progress as well as the confidence of the artist.”

Huynh Van Muoi, president of HCMC Association of Fine Arts, said: “Actually, this form of art is not a new thing and thus we cannot call it a new study of art. However, Dan has discovered a new expression, a new style and his work is generating a lot of interest from the public.”

Artist Vo Nam, director of Applied Arts Gallery in Binh Thanh District, said: “Nothing is new, non-cubism has existed for a long, long time, however the important thing is Dan has a new style and new research and artists need to do that.”

The Hoi An-born artist had a horrid childhood. Dan and his mother used to be homeless in Binh Thuan Province’s Phan Thiet City. When Dan was ten years old, his uncle took him back to Hoi An to go to school and later he lived and studied at Hoi An Orphanage from grade 3 to 12.

Embracing a passion for paintings in sixth grade, Dan was inspired seeing many local and foreign artists in Hoi An and started to paint. Luckily, two foreigners who saw his obvious talent helped to finance his art studies.

After graduating from high school, Dan moved to Saigon and earned money working as a waiter in a restaurant, washing vehicles and modeling for painters to finance his dream of studying at HCMC University of Fine Art. During study and after graduation, Dan started to research media, books and art exhibitions to find out a new trend and style for himself. With more than 6,000 drafts, Dan finally released his work with last year’s solo exhibition called ‘Non-Cubism.”

“I hope this genre will be

improved and developed further as it influences significantly onto many fields of art such as architecture, sculpture, music, fashion and cuisine,” said Dan.

Dan is holding a second solo exhibition with multicolor non-cubism style at HCMC Fine Arts Museum in District 1 on May 19.

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