Vinh Phoi, a Pioneering Abstract Expressionist, a Loyalist to the Imperial Hue and His Handwritten Reference Letter to Boi Tran and the Art Gallery

Wife of Truong Be, Boi Tran, Wife of Vinh Phoi and Vinh Phoi at Boi Tran Art Gallery’s Grand Opening & Exhibition, circa 1994.
Vinh Phoi’s Reference Letter to Boi Tran in 1996

Ministry of Education and Training
Hue University
University of Fine Arts


Imperial City – Hue
Tel: 22315

Hue, 4 May 1996

Đại Nội – Huế
Tel: 22315

Huế, ngày 4 tháng 5 năm 1996

Dear: Ms Boi Tran Art Gallery
17 Tran Hung Dao, Hue

Kính gửi: Chị Bội Trân Art Gallery
17 THĐ Huế

I refer Nguyen Thien Duc, a young painter specialising in lacquer, having the potential.

I advised him to present his two lacquer paintings to you to evaluate so that he is able to participate in an art exhibition of Hue artists in Saigon, organized by you.
Vinh Phoi

Tôi giới thiệu Em Nguyễn Thiện Đức, 1 Hoạ sĩ trẻ chuyên về sơn mài. Có triển vọng.

Tôi có bảo với em đem 2 bức tranh sơn mài để xem được tham dự triển lãm nhóm hoạ sĩ Huế do chị tổ chức ở Sài Gòn.

Thân ái,
Vĩnh Phối

Dinh Cuong, Boi Tran, Truong Be and Vinh Phoi, Hue, circa 2010

Vinh Phoi (Vietnam, 1937-2017), born in Hue, he graduated in fine arts (in 1958) and pedagogics (in 1959) from Gia Dinh School of Fine Arts and Decoration (the École des Arts appliqués Gia Dinh). Then, he pursued a course of fine arts & sculpture at Rome University of Fine Arts and studied arts at Rome University in Italy from 1960 to 1966. Between 1967 and 1975, he was appointed as a president of Hue College of Fine Arts and a vice-president of Hue Fine Arts University over a period of 24 years (1976 – 1999)… Also, he was awarded as a meritorious teacher by government.

If you yearn for the truth and integrity of something, ask Vinh Phoi.

Trinh Cong Son

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