Vietnam (yellow & green blocks) by Do Thanh Hai
The artist Do Thanh Hai lives and works in Hanoi. He is a graduate of the Hanoi Institute of Industrial Arts. He signs his paintings both with his daughter’s name, Lam, which means “the forest”, and with his own name, Hai, which means “the sea”.
Do Thanh Hai was a four year old boy in 1954 when Vietnamese troops led by Ho Chi Minh and Vo Hguyen Giap surrounded and defeated French forces in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, bringing the war of independence against the French and the colony, French Indochina, to an end. From that moment to this social change and upheaval have been pretty much continuous.