Art Scene Viet Nam
Tran Luong was born in 1960 and completed his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi in 1983. He spent his childhood and youth in rural areas, thus becoming acquainted with Vietnam’s traditional life and experiencing the diverse facets of the country’s nature, which are also reflected in his work. In 1983 he founded the artist group Gang of Five. He has presented his paintings, which increasingly approach abstraction, in group exhibitions in Vietnam, the Netherlands, the UK, Japan and Hong Kong. Since approximately ten years he also dedicates himself to a greater extent to installations and performative art, which like his paintings engage in the experiences and problems from his nearest surroundings and in the changes of society – for example the loss of traditional values that his generation is confronted with.
In 2000, he founded the Contemporary Art Centre in Hanoi, as whose artistic director he worked until the end of 2003. He is considered to be the most important agent of contemporary art in Vietnam, and he has organised numerous workshops for young artists and curated performance festivals and exhibitions, among others a collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Hanoi. His works have been on display in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Vietnam, Japan, Australia, the USA, Germany, France and elsewhere.