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HCM City gallery turns focus to art of caricature (January 16, 2007)

Ha Noi-based cartoonist Nguyen Huu Khoa is exhibiting portraits of Vietnamese artists at Mai’s Gallery in HCM City.

Built upon his career as a freelance designer and illustrator for several newspapers and magazines in Ha Noi and HCM City, Khoa’s Cartoon I exhibition consists of 25 posters and oil paintings.

An elegant portrait of pop sensation Ho Ngoc Ha, a young singer who originally made a name for herself on the catwalk, is a highlight of the exhibition.

A painting of revered drama director Doan Hoang Giang has also received high praise.

"Khoa is one of our favourite artists," said gallery owner Do Thi Tuyet Mai. She also reminded viewers that the canvases and graphics displayed at her gallery represent only a small number of Khoa’s 150 cartoons.

Mai said young viewers love Khoa’s work because he changes the shapes of familiar faces, creating spontaneous, lively and humorous portraits.

Born in 1973 in Ha Noi, Khoa graduated with a degree in sculpture from the Ha Noi Fine Arts College. He sculpted for many years before recently turning to painting.

Last year, Khoa’s exhibition entitled Nam Cao and the Plastic Arts in Ha Noi was well received by art lovers and critics alike.

Khoa’s cartoons have appeared in 20 publications. They have also been displayed at many solo and group exhibitions.

Cartoon I runs until January 26 at Mai’s Gallery, 16 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, HCM City from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Khoa’s paintings are on sale at the exhibition, ranging from US$200 to $800. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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