Ly Tran Quynh Giang



Awakening from an afternoon nap always comes with this feeling – it’s like a membranous layer, shapeless, colorless, but tangible – an emptiness not significant enough to inspire a feeling of being orphaned. I like painting.  I really love painting.  But what is it about the afternoon? Is life in motion or is it really motionless? Who knows how long it will take to answer these kinds of questions.

Ly Tran Quynh Giang: Buoi chieu thuc day, Hanoi, 2004.



She is an artist whose representations of human and animal figures exude a range of emotions and sensations: sadness, melancholy, ennui, uncertainty, intimacy, intensity, and eroticism. The sensations that impact the viewer upon perception of these artworks are powerful and difficult to name, because “sadness” seems insufficient in encompassing the range of feelings that her paintings invoke.    

1978  Born in Hanoi, Vietnam. Living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam


2002  Graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University



2014  Where they turn to, CUC Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2010  Hey, are you sick, recent paintings, Hanoi, Vietnam

2010  The Solitary World of Ly Tran Quynh Giang, recent woodcuts, Hanoi, Vietnam

2007  Giang, woodcut exhibition, L’Espace French Cultural Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

2002  Tropical Zone, Hanoi, Vietnam




Art Expo Malaysia Plus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Art Stage Singapore, Singapore


Rekindling Lacquer: Vietnamese Mordern Painting in Shanghai Collections, China Art Museum, Shanghai

Personal Structures, European Cultural Center and GAA Foundation, Venice, Italy

Art Stage Singapore, Singapore.


Open, Vietnam Fine Art Museum, Hanoi

Organized by Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport to highlight and appraise Vietnam achievements after “Doi moi” period for 30 years (1986-2016)


START art fair 2015, CUC Gallery, London, UK

Art Stage Singapore, CUC Gallery, Singapore


Vietnamese Contemporary Art Presentation, Start Art Fair, London, UK

Vietnamese Contemporary Art Presentation, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2012  DAWN, CUC Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2011  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Vietnam

2009  Hanoi: Where We Are Now, Hanoi, Vietnam

2007-2008 Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam, curated by Nora A. Taylor, Kennesaw State University Art Gallery, Kennesaw, Georgia; Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas; Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Five Changing Identities: Vietnamese Women of Today, Fielding Lecht Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA

2004  Bright Young Eyes, annual exhibition organised by the French Embassy and the Vietnamese Fine Arts Association, Hanoi Contemporary Art Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

2002  Bright Young Eyes, annual exhibition organised by the French Embassy and the Vietnamese Fine Arts Association, Hanoi Contemporary Art Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

2001  Hanoi Contemporary Art Center, Hanoi, Vietnam


2004  Awarded First Prize, Young Artists Competition, organized by the French Embassy and the Vietnamese Fine Art Association. The prize included 3 months of study in Paris at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts..