Bui Xuan Phai

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Bui Xuan Phai

Bui Xuan Phai (1920-1988) was one of the most remarkable, most charming and most unusual figures of Vietnamese modern art. When he graduated from Frenchcreated Ecole des Beaux Arts d’Indochine in Hanoi (1925-1945), the world art was in its post-war period, one of drastic differentiation, Picasso, Mastisse, Leger already ranked among the classical masters. Europe gave full blast to the trend of lyrical abstractionism and America to that of expressionist one. All that was taken in by Bui Xuan Phai, by his heart’s eye. And be managed to find his own dimension in the strict framework of the society and later, his art, like an underground water spring, spread far and wide and even impregnated alien souls with his sincerity.

Bui Xuan Phai was a Vietnamese painter. He is famous for the paintings of Hanoi Old Quarter. The best known of all Vietnamese modern painters, Bui Xuan Phai is respected and admired for both his art and moral character. He epitomizes for the Vietnamese the lone artist suffering for his art: he lost his teaching position at the Hanoi College of Fine Arts in 1957 for supporting a movement for political and cultural freedom and was not allowed to show his work in public until a solo exhibition in 1984.However, he was awarded posthumously Ho Chi Minh prize in 1996, the highest national prize in Vietnam.