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Le Thanh

Họa sĩ Lê Thanh

Le Thanh

Họa sĩ Lê Thanh


Born in 1942 in Long Xuyen Province, Vietnam.
Graduated from The National Fine Art College of Saigon in 1963.
He got married and has a daughter.
He was born in a family having a tradition of Arts, especially fine arts.
His father is Le Thuc who was affected by European Literature Tendency in XIX-XX century; after passing Albert Sarreau Hanoi, Le Thuc translated all literary works of  Charles Dicken, Alexandra Dumas, Pere & Fils, Dowstosoky, Pasternar… Contributing to guide Kim Chung orchestra - The forerunner of To Nhu Cai luong Bac Ha.
His paternal uncle is Le Yen Hoi Khanh painter- The founder of  violon, guitar shop named  “Melodia”  in Ha Noi & Sai Gon in the years of 1940s and 1950s. 
Le Yen was contemporaneous artist  with group of Mai Trung Thu, Le Thi Luu, Nguyen Cao Dam, Le Pho...Even though he didn’t graduate from Indochina Art School, he used to teach Fine Arts in Hanoi in a short time.
His uncle is the famous painter Le Pho (1907-2001).
His maternal uncle is artist-professor Do Dinh Hiep- The Rector of Gia Dinh Fine Arts College as well as Gia Dinh Fine Arts Center (1971-1975). He was dead.
“… Le Thanh is a very rare artist among the artists was mentioned by the old artist Le Van De – being the first in the graduation examination of Hanoi  Fine Arts College in 1930 and also the Ex-Rector of Saigon Fine Arts College – because he broke the school’s regulation. 
However, he brought the honour to his school with five prizes in three years (1962-1965) when he was being a student. His most impressive prize is the scholarship to France with the work “Bidding farewell” in the first International Fine Arts Exhibition in Vietnam in 1962.
After having graduated in 1960s, Le Thanh and the group of students who broke the school’s regulation couldn’t attend Exhibition, because they hadn’t left school yet. Afterwards, they were prominent artists who gained a lot of successes and got many big awards through domestic and oversea Fine Arts Exhibitions. 

He was the uncommon artist introduced in the “World Freedom” newspaper in 1963. The newspapers focused on analysing the palette of  works which content world affairs such as, “Bidding farewell”, “Being sad at midnight”, “The body”, and “The condition”, ect. A quotation in the newspapers said that: “When expressing human depression and paint by the colours, lines and the lay-out, Le Thanh has a serious ambition to see a new horizon like an expansive society in which there’s nolonger incarnations ill treated miserably”.
He is a member of Fine Arts Association in HCMCity.
Cooperatite Exhibitions:
1961 – 1962: - Certificate of Honour “Spring Exhibition”.
                      - Honourable award to France.
1963 : The First of the international exhibition in Saigon.
           Got the silver medal in the Christmas Exhibition.
2007: Exhibition at Tu Do Gallery, and HACArtGallery, HCM city, Vietnam
2008: Group Exhibition with Nguyen Van Bay & Luong Truong Tho at Phuong Mai Gallery in HCMCity.
2009: Group Exh. at Phuong Mai Gallery, HCMCity, VN. (Do Duy Tuan, Ho Huu Thu, La Hon, Trinh Thanh Tung).
Individual Exhibitions:
1970: Exhibition of People Letters and Arts’ Club-House.
1989: Traditional lacquer paintings exhibition financed by Artex Saigon in Paris, Moscow, Singapore andTaiwan.
            Work “Doan Truong Tan Thanh”.
                      “Southern Flooding Season”.
                       “HighLand Dance”.
Having paintings collection in France in 1960s through French Ministry Of Culture.
Individual Collection in Switzerland, Britain, Finland, US, Australia, Spain


Phuong Mai Gallery-update 2009