|Le Thiet Cuong started painting at the age of seven, when his family fled from Hanoi to the countryside to escape American bombings. Later he attended the Vietnam State Film College, where he studied animation and set design that undoubtedly influenced him.
Since then, Cuong has exhibited the world over and gathered quite a following with his artistic interpretations in squares, circles and triangles! Cuong has stretched these three basic shapes into myriad themes for his paintings.
Cuong’s minimalist style and his use of vibrant colours are largely inspired by his Buddhist beliefs. His paintings often reflect the quietness of space as he takes everyday objects and elevates them to a spiritual level.
He touches upon topics, which are common in Vietnam’s everyday life with an underlying humour and simplicity that is at once contemporary and poetic. Cuong’s contribution to Vietnamese fine art stretches beyond metaphor to the use of innovative material as well. He pioneered the use of gouache on cheesecloth and paper and gave a new dimension to age old Vietnamese traditions.
Le Thiet Cuong has held solo exhibitions consecutively for three years since 1991 at the Exhibition House, Hanoi, Vietnam. He then exhibited at The Quiet Path, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong and Singapore; "The Changing Eye", Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He has also participated in group exhibitions at Independent, Nam Son Gallery, Hanoi; "A Glimpse of Hanoi", Duc Minh Art Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City; Vietnamese Young Artists, Center Wallonie Bruxelles, Paris, France; Vietnamese Fine Art after open door, Meridian International Center, Washington D.C, USA.