Vietnam artist brings environmentalist exhibition to Australia

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A painting in Nguyen Dinh Hien's exhibition "A dream named Human Tree". PHOTOS COURTESY OF THETHAO VAN HOA

An exhibition entitled "A dream named Human Tree" by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Dinh Hien brought an environmentalist slant to its opening in Melbourne, Australia from December 11 to 20, news website Vietnamplus reported.

The exhibit, held at One Three Gallery, is part of the Melbourne City Council's activities to aid cultural development in Asian countries.

Hien is the first Vietnamese artist ever to be chosen by the council and received a sponsorship worth US$10,000 from the government body.

His eight paintings and two composite statues in the show feature human faces and animals adorned with flowers and leaves and pure waterdrops, sending the message that people should live in harmony with and protect nature.

 Vietnamese artist Nguyen Dinh Hien
Speaking at the exhibition, Nguyen Dinh Hien (also known as Doni Hien) said: "As the first Vietnamese to have an exhibition held by the Melbourne City Council, I was very honored but at the same time very worried. I have prepared carefully every single detail to make sure that Australians can see how professional a Vietnamese artist can be. I also hope that in the coming time more Vietnamese artists will be sponsored by the council to have exhibitions in Australia."

Born in 1976 in the the central province of Quang Nam, Nguyen Dinh Hien started his art project "Human Tree" in 2010 with 15 oil paintings under the sponsorship of the Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The collection was successfully showcased in HCMC and Melbourne that year. One year later, Hien brought it to Singapore at the invitation of renowned art gallery GJ Asian Art.

The artist so far has many works exhibited in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Canada.

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