Le Thua Tien
Le Thua Tien (1964) Hue; studied at the Art School in Hue where he is working presently; in 1994/1995 he was a visiting scholar at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam; exhibitions in Leiden, Boston, Vermont (‘Price for independent Asian Artists’), Paris, Berlin; paints on canvas, silk, paper and makes lacquer ware on wood, organized in the United Stated the image and sound show 'Fossilized War'. He also was a visiting teacher in Bangkok. He often uses motives from the old Cham culture and Buddhist symbolism.
Le Thua Tien has a diverse art practice that includes paintings, installation, experimentation with sculpture and community based art projects. The direction of Tien’s paintings changed from figurative to abstract when he arrived at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam in 1995. Some of his most recent works are mixed media and lacquer and can be considered symbolic of his subjects. He is one of Vietnam’s few artists who address the American War in his works. His work also tends to be more conceptual than many other Vietnamese artists. His work has been displayed in the United States, Thailand, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Venezuela, Japan, and Australia. Le Thua Tien lectured at the Fine Arts University in Hue, Vietnam, from 1989 to 2008. He now lives and works in Hue.
Born in Hue, Vietnam.
EDUCATION and ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
MFA (Research), College of Fine Arts, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, (Royal Arts Academy) Amsterdam, Holland
BFA, College of Fine Arts of Hue University
Lecturer, College of Fine Arts, Hue University, Hue, Vietnam.
“Globe” Installation, Meta House (The German Cambodian Cultural Center). Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
“MFA Exhibition”, Casula Powerhouse Arts Center, Sydney NSW. Australia.
“Hues of Hue”, Painting exhibition, Fielding Lecht Galley, Austin, Texas, USA.
“Reflections” Painting exhibition, Art Vietnam Gallery. Hanoi, Vietnam.
“Vietnam – the Fossilized War”. Installation, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA. USA
“Monumentalite’ intime” Gallery Amber /East West Foundation, Leiden, The Netherlands.
“Half a Century” Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“PARIS ART MODERNE DU VIETNAM : NGUYEN CAM – LE THUA TIEN – MAI DAC LINH” Victoria’s Gallery. Paris, France
“Nam Bang” Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Regional Museum. Sydney NSW Australia.
“I LOVE PHO” Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Regional Museum. Sydney NSW Australia, and Sydney / Gabriel Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre. Melbourne, Australia.
Malaysian-Vietnamese Contemporary Arts exhibition. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“Field of Dreams” Community Art Project/Installation in collaboration with Nerine Martini, Songlines Arts, and Environment Festival. Blue Mountain, NSW Australia.
“Vietnam Today” Gallery Amber and Gallery Caro/ East-‐West Foundation, Leiden, The Netherlands.
“Open studios”. Arcus Project 2003, Ibaraki, Japan.
“Hue Arts Festival” Hue, Vietnam.
“13 Horas”, paintings & installation exhibition. Caracas, Venezuela.
“Things We Carry—Revisioning Vietnam”. Sally Packard, An My Le, Tien Thua Le. North Texas University. Texas, USA.
Vietnam — Thailand Contemporary Arts Exhibition, at various locations in Vietnam and Thailand.
“Meeting Vietnam” House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany.
Vietnamese Contemporary Arts Exhibition, Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
“Le Thua Tien — Phan Cam Thuong” Gallery Julian Scott Memorial, Johnson, Vermont, USA.
“From Red River to Mekong — The New Trends in Vietnam”. Centre Wallonie–Bruxelles, Paris, France.
“1 + 1″ Le Thua Tien — B. Edwards. Blue Space Gallery–HCMC Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam.
“Arts and Image “95″, Arts Festival, Grote Kert, Denhaag, Holland.
Franco – Vietnamien Culture Festival, Hue, Vietnam and Paris, France.
National Fine Arts Exhibition, Hanoi, Vietnam.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Heinrich Boell Foundation Grant.
Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, COFA, UNSW, Australia.
Asian Cultural Council Grant – Research Grant for Japan. (US–Japan Arts program).
Freeman Asian Artists Award.
Scholarship from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Development Cooperation.
RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS
Vermont Studio Center, Artist in Residency Program,VT,USA
“Meditation” Sculpture workshop and symposium, Ban Don, Daklak, Vietnam.
Artist in Residency, Casula Powerhouse Visual Arts Center. Casula, Sydney NSW Australia. Artist in Residency, Artspace Visual Arts Center. Woolloomooloo, Sydney NSW Australia.
Artist in Residency, Blue Space Gallery / HCMC Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam.
International Symposium: “At Home / Not at Home? Artists – in – Residencies in Tokyo NOW”. POLA Museum Annex, Chu-o ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Artist in Residency and exhibition at ARCUS PROJECT’03, Moriya, Ibaraki, Japan.
Artist in Residency and exhibition “Things We Carry—Revisioning Vietnam” University of North Texas, USA.
Indochina Arts Partnership—Artist in residency. Newton Center MA, USA.
Artist in Residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA.
Artist in Residency at Amber Gallery. East/West Foundation, Leiden, The Netherlands.
COLLECTION Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, HCMC, Vietnam— National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam —Private Collections