Painter captures pure eyes of minority kids in mountainous Vietnam (photos)

TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 04/06/2017 11:02 GMT + 7

A Hanoi-based artist has spent the last decade frequenting the mountainous areas in northern Vietnam to capture the beauty of minority people, especially children and women, onto his canvas.

Le The Anh, 39, now has hundreds of paintings featuring the life and people of the northern ethnic minority groups.

The artist, currently working at the fine arts department at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema, came up with the topic in 2006 and has since spared one month every year to visit the northwestern area to follow his dream.

“I do not want to come to the mountainous markets and draw people of the Red Dao and Black H’Mong ethnic groups as this path has been traveled by many,” he said.

“Instead, I want to focus on the children and women.”

Anh said the eyes of the minority kids always leave him obsessed.

“Those eyes always look straight ahead and you can see in there both wildness and purity, and optimism and worries,” he elaborated.

“Those eyes give me a belief that no matter how hard life could become, there are always beautiful things that must be admired and preserved.”

Lạ lẫm mắt trẻ vùng cao trong tranh Lê Thế Anh

Anh said he finds great inspiration in mountainous kids with tangled hairs and old clothes.

“I would focus on the most natural features of those children, such as their running noses, their cheeks in the cold weather, and their full-of-optimism eyes,” he shared.

Watch some of his paintings below.


Le The Anh

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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