NGUYEN TAN CUONG

1953  Born in Ha Noi, Viet Nam
1973  Graduated from the Saigon Fine Arts College
           Member of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association

EXHIBITIONS

2000 Group Exhibition, Galerie Vinh Loi, Ho Chi Minh City.
         Group Exhibition, Art XXI Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City
1999 The 8th annual "Recent Works" exhibition, a group of nine artists, City Exhibition House, Ho Chi Minh   City.
"Nine Artists from HCMC", Galerie Vinh Loi, Ho Chi Minh City.
1998 "The Finest Collections from Sister Cities", Museum Pusan Art Metropolitan, Korea
"Saigon Perspectives," Pacific Bridge Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Oakland, California,      USA, with Do Hoang Tuong painter.
"L'anima Soffocata," Museo Biblioteca Archivio, Bassano del Grappa, Italy.
1997 "Man and Woman," H&S Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. Traveled to Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore. 
"A Winding River: The Journey of Contemporary Art in Viet Nam", Meridian International Center,  Washington D.C., USA. Traveled to various venues in the States.
"Vietnamese Art after Doi Moi,", New World Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.
1996 "11th Asian International Art Exhibition", Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines.
"Vietnamese Art after Doi Moi", Fujita Vente Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
1995 "Viet Nam Festival May 1994" in Hong Kong
1994 Asian Friendship Exhibition Exhibition, the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum
1994 Asian Friendship Exhibition, Tokyo
1994 Show "Spring" by Vietnamese and American painters, the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum
1994 The Fifth Annual "Recent Works" Exhibition, group of 10 painters, Ha Noi
1993 "New Space" by Vietnamese and Singaporean painters, Ho Chi Minh City
1992 "Abstract" National Exhibition, Ho Chi Minh City
1991 "Reminiscent from the land of Viet Nam" Exhibition, Paris
1990 The first annual "Recent Works" Exhibition, group of 10 painters
1990 National Fine Arts, Ha Noi
1985  National Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City

AWARDS

2000 The Philip Morris Group of Companies ASEAN Art Awards
1996 The Philip Morris Group of Companies ASEAN Art Awards 
1992 Silver Medal Prize, The Second Saigon Tourist Competition Press Prize.
1991 Silver Medal Silver, The First Saigon Tourist Competition Viewer's Favourite Painting Prize.

Nguyen Tan Cuong mostly paints in a figurative style, although occasionally he ventures into abstraction. Cuong paints in oil on canvas. Similar to Tuong, he sometimes builds up a texture on the canvas with acrylic gesso and paper before applying paint. Cuong is a master at manipulating light, his paintings often appear to glow from within. Cuong skillfully juxtaposes fields of highly textured layers of color, which form a single object such as a fish or person, with fields of smooth soft color, which create the backdrop. In Cuong¹s recent works his deft use of subtle tone and hue bring to mind stone, fallen leaves and aged wood. The pallets he utilizes to achieve this effect are mixed, in the textured areas he applies pure colors which mingle at a viewing distance, and in the backdrop areas he works rich earth tones into smooth fields reminiscent of an overcast sky.

Nguyen Tan Cuong's exhibition with Do Hoang Tuong, "Saigon Perspectives" took place at "Pacific Bridge Contemporary Southeast Asian Art" from September 15th - November 7th, 1998.