To Ngoc Thanh

To Ngoc Thanh

artist's profile

To Ngoc Thanh

Born: 1940

Medium: Oil paintings

Qualifications: Vietnam Fine Arts College in 1962 and Prague Fine Arts University (former

Czechoslovakia) in 1974.

Taught by his father, To Ngoc Thanh started to paint since he was 4 years old and at the age of 9 he

worked as an assistant in a lacquer workshop to learn the skills.

His father is the distinguished artist TO NGOC VAN, a renowned artist graduated from the Ecole des

Beaux Arts de l’Indochine and is considered one of Vietnam’s top artists in the first half of the 20th


He has won many international art prizes in Austria, Japan and the former Soviet Union. He has been

awarded a “For The Cause of Art” medal for his contribution to the Vietnamese fine arts scene.

To Ngoc Thanh often expresses the beauty of nature and landscapes of the country, especially his love

and passion for Sapa and its unique tribal culture as well as his hometown Hanoi where he still lives.


Solo exhibition in Czechoslovakia 1972.

Solo exhibition in Hanoi, Vietnam 1982.

Solo exhibitions in 1989, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015.

Group exhibitions in USA, France, Japan, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany.

Paintings displayed in the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts and the Asia & Pacific Museum in

Warsaw, Poland.


Prize of international Children Painting on Austria and Japan 1951-1958.

Prize of graphic in Czechoslovakia 1972.

Gold medal at the Vietnam Film Festival 1980 – 1 st prize of Cartoon film painter 1980.

Special prize of Soviet Union Magazine in Moscow.

Prize of beautiful books Covers and illustration for children 1982-1983.

First prize of symbol on “Wiping out the hunger and reducing the poverty 1995”.

Third prize of Artistic books 1995.

Prize of TRANH TRUYEN books 1998

Sapa Market – oil on canvas – 62×82 cm (#TNThanh05)


Hmong ethnics – oil on canvas – 62×82 cm (#TNThanh04)


Hmong ethnic girl in Sapa – oil on canvas – 62×82 cm (#TNThanh03)


Dao Do ethnic in Sapa – oil on canvas – 62×82 cm (#TNThanh02)


Dao Do ethic girl – oil on canvas – 62×82 cm (#TNThanh01)