An exhibition of "gold" paintings by Paraguayan-Swiss artist Thomas Sarbach opened at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum on March 25.
Called "Thoi ky hoang kim va nghe thuat vang" (Golden age and the golden art), the exhibition showcases 22 paintings on oil and canvas that also uses gold foil, highlighting the beauty of natural elements like sea, water and sand that sparkle like sunlight.
The 24k gold foil used in the paintings are mostly produced by in an old pagoda in Thailand.
Sarbach, who was born in Paraguay and grew up in Switzerland, said he learnt the gold inlaying technique in Europe and lacquer painting technique in Vietnam. However, the subject of the paintings are inspired by events in his homeland in Latin America as well as his adopted country in Europe, he said.
Paraguay's modern history is marked with gold, the gold rush and wars between the locals and foreign invaders who wanted to steal its gold mines, whereas Switzerland is known the world over for its large gold reserves.
"Gold is my inspiration, and the precious material has its own several stories, which are happy, sad, and even bloody," Sarbach, who has focused on working with and in gold since 2007, told the Lao Dong (labor) newspaper this week.
The show will remain open until April 10 at 97 Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1, HCMC.