Zen painter comes home

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Zen Buddhist painter Kim Hoa Tram, a famous overseas Vietnamese artist and calligrapher based in Australia, is coming back home to prepare for his first Vietnamese show later this year.

Born into a Chinese family in 1959 in Saigon, Tram migrated to Australia when he was 25. In 1988, he began exhibiting his paintings internationally but it wasn’t until 1991 that he had his artistic “breakthrough” when he converted to Zen Buddhism.

In his art, particularly ink painting and calligraphy, Tram combines his roots in Vietnamese - Chinese traditions and the spirituality of Zen.

“It is the content that is more important than the coachwork. With simple white and black, the painting will be light and flowing. The logical void in the painting can make the viewers naturally fall in line with the works,” Tram said.

Reported by Giao Huong

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