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Nguyen Trung Nghia was born at Phuoc An Village, Krongpac District, Daklak Province, in the multiethnic Western Highlands of Central Vietnam, in a family of devoted and virtuous Protestants.
Nghia left his hometown to study in Sai Gon and graduated from the University of Architecture of Ho Chi Minh City with a Bachelor Degree in Interior Design. During this period, he was ebullient on musical activities and composed many songs for well-known singers and divas and became popular with the audience.
But Nghia made a decision to follow another path, more powerful and perhaps more appropriate to his own personality – the pursuit of artistic creation.
And since 2011, Nghia has participated in the artistic scene as a professional painter.
“Since childhood, I was living in the mountainous and forestry regions.
I have loved and have been grateful to, and experienced all the beautiful things ever present when people were living at peace and in communion with nature and the animals.
In the state of mind of a person aspiring to the harmony of all living things, I have witnessed and felt sad at the phenomenon of increasing destruction, disaster,
and death of many species caused by those who brazenly transform the wonders of fire, of light into a means of annihilation
This has taken place silently, secretly in the region of my livelihood, without any possibility of prevention and control; and it is expanding every day. I could not do anything to help.
There come, an idea crossed in my mind – to record and trace the call of the wilderness
and its inhabitant by means of the materials of fire, smokes, and sulfur to recuperate the power and values of fire, and used it to mark down the vanishing beauty of the natural environment, in the way of a witnessing historian with a brush,” confided Nghia.
Reusing the technique of firework by the two pioneer artists, with the main material of sulfur and fire powder (originally a force of destruction and blasting), to create vivid images on paper beyond visual expression, Nguyen Trung Nghia would like also to ring a bell of alarm at the annihilation of the natural environment and its fauna.
When looking at his paintings, one could only expect these tiny voices would be raised,
to join other similar ones, and create a great aspiration, making another prayer to a peaceful and beautiful Earth, where humans and nature live in harmony – as in the primordial intention of the Creator.
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EXHIBITION & AWARDS:
In January 2013, Trung Nghia organized his first solo exbibition, in combination
with GuiHANGtar ( a duo comprising guitarist Le-Tuyen Nguyen and percussionist Salil Sachdev), under the title ” Highland Dreaming” at the Musseum of Arts in HCM City.
This was welcome heartily by critics’ circles and the public.
In January 2014, at the Exhibition and Gallery House of HCM City, Trung Nghia and the GuiHANGtar inaugurated another program under the name of “The Call of the Moutain Forest”. During and after the exposition most paintings were sold to the collectors’ circles.