Rock Around Asia Vietnam Artists Community
The collaboration between Rock Around Asia and Thailand Artists is primarily the result of a human, intellectual, artistic, and cultural chance encounter begun in 2010 by Eric Monteil during his crossing of Southeast Asia by motorcycle. Since this trip until the opening of the gallery in 2012 in Bangkok, the Rock Around Asia artistic community has grown significantly while keeping its original spirit, its trademark: to promote Southeast Asian artists as well as any art form linked to the local culture and traditions of this region. Rock Around Asia is constantly moving, closely innovating and collaborating with artists in order to offer jointly created works (United Colors of Asia).
Rock Around Asia‘s mission is to identify and promote artists focused on topics that are important to them. For example, Phong Hoang Thanh Vinh is a lacquer painter who gives life to Vietnam as Le Douanier Rousseau did it using naive designs . Through the work of these artists, we try to talk about Asia with all of our strength.
About visual arts in Vietnam, painting is the most significant one. Historically speaking, Vietnamese painting is still very young. However, the cultural origins of painting, in fact, went back much further. People of Vietnam have been artists since ever. When the first classes in line drawing, anatomy and landscape painting were offered in the early decades of the twentieth century, art students drew on their rich religious and cultural background to execute their works. As a consequence, you can see in these paintings, the combination of the views of their home villages, portraits of farmers in the countryside and techniques of lacquer and silk which had been used for centuries in temple decoration.