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Traditional Meets Surreal


Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn

Today’ artist creates lovely, dreamy paintings that beautifully merge elements of fantasy with traditional Vietnamese culture. His female figures are typically dressed in áo dài gowns, a traditional dress featuring a high collar and a slit down the side. Nguyễn’s lovely, graceful figures are surrounded by and blended with plants and birds (and maybe fish? Not sure), which makes them seem even more mystical and fantastical.

“The peace of the countryside has influenced my art a lot. Trees, flowers, and fruits often appear in different colors and shapes in my compositions. I have relied on the color of flowers and leaves, the surrounding nature combined with the motifs from the Vietnamese culture where I was born. What’s important (is) the fact that they come from the feelings inside me—the emotions inside each of us.”

– Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn

You can see all of Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn’s beautiful illustrations on his website and on Instagram.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

7 thoughts on “Traditional Meets Surreal

  1. Peaceful. Beautiful. Yes, I could have one of them in my house! There is one that I fell in love with. Now, this is an exception from my realistic rule. I did my best, but couldn’t find where he is selling his art. I might try again later today. Hal

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  2. Magical and dreamy. I love the painting of the child. “At 2 years old I am under a tropical tree at my Grandma’s”

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