Nguyen Thi Mai’s works draw inspiration from symbols associated with Vietnamese culture. Each composition – achieved with lacquer or acrylic paint – is both progressive and traditional. A unique aesthetic is framed as a reflection of identity.
As she explains: “I believe that aesthetic is of utmost importance in visual art and my color palette reflects my desire to portray Asian culture in my own unique style to the audience”.
The piece Mice Wedding, an unpolished lacquer painting, was shown at the Beijing International Art Biennale 2015 and is currently held by the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.
Mice Wedding, 2011. Unpolished lacquer on wood, 90cm x 240cm x 1.5cm.
Chèo, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 120cm.
Stallion 02, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 60cm x 87cm.
Oxen, 2013. Unpolished lacquer on wood, 20cm x 90cm x 5cm.