Quan Thoartist's profile
1951 Born in Dalat, Vietnam. During childhood, taught by a French Pastor in drawing Fine Arts and painting
1972 Arrived in SaiGon
1979 Graduated from Fine Arts School of Sai Gon
1975 – 1990 Worked in open air, in the nature, made discoveries and success in the landscapes
1982 – 1986 Attended evening classes, in order to consult about people, complete totally for composing
1987 Individual exhibition
1988 Individual exhibition
1992 Individual exhibition in Saigon Tourist
12/1992 Individual exhibition in Taiwan
1994 Individual exhibition in Taipei (Taiwan). Invited and sponsored by the Taiwanian Gallery in October 1994
1972 Exhibition together with La San Adran priest in Dalat
1985 Exhibition young group (HCMC)
1986 Exhibition with painter Thuan Ho
1989 Exhibition with Water Colour Group District 5
1990 Exhibition in Hoi An & HCM City
1991 Exhibition together with different painters at Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh
1993 Exhibition in London
1994 – 1996 Exhibition in the United States of American and the United Kingdom
1996 Exhibition in Switzerland
1997 Exhibition in Manila, Philippine
1991 – 1996 over 700 paintings have been sold to different collectors and to Galleries of Holland, France, Germany, England, Switzerland, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Hongkong, America, Spain, Japan, Australia and different diplomatic delegations of France present in Vietnam.
The robust impressionist paintings of Quan Tho blossomed out of an extremely happy and motivated childhood. The Doi Mai Anh Domaine de Marie where he was raised as an orphan gave him his first impetus in creative painting. Soon the gardening the convent was his studio. The beautiful billy setting of Dalat with its lake and mountain, its pines and rugged landscapes, its own energetic pace of life endlessly titillated his imagination.
1975-1990 was Quan Tho’s he most prolific period in his whole artistic career to date. He worked relentlessly painting nature in general and the landscape in particular. Working on the spot, he made wide ranging discoveries related to his visual experiences as well as to the painting techniques. His mainstream style of painting – characterized by his in depth investigation of the visual phenomenon in nature, a paroling approach and resulting raw power emerged.
In 1993 Quan Tho (by now based in Sai Gon) surprised his art patrons and friends with a new series of paintings with an unexpected subject matter and techniques. Surrealist in style, the paintings depicted his personal crisis, agony, and eventually his reflections on the fate evil and dilemma of life. The series possesses imaginative power and commanding technical execution.