Festival of Ao Dai
Oil on canvas        65 cm X 90 cm        2015


Dang Thi Duong


Dang Thi Duong was born in Saigon, a city in the South Vietnam.

After six years of academy studies at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Dang Thi Duong graduated in 1982 and followed these studies with a MFA in 2000.

She has 27 years of experience as lecturer at the HCMC Fine Arts University (HCMC FAA).

Her style was commented by an art critic of the “Asia magazine: “.. colorful simple forms are married with naïve art”. In 1983, she was awarded  second prize in posters and in 1996, an encouraging prize and investment prize from Vietnam Fine Arts Association in 2012.

She participated in overseas group exhibitions such as Hong Kong(1994), Paris(1996),  Korea(1997), Singapore(2000), Berlin(2000), France(2003), Thailand(2004)….and joined. International Women Artist’s Exhibitions Her Presence in Colours VII in  Dague, Korea - 2006, HPIC VIII in Beijing, China - 2008, ‘100 excellent artists’ in Penang, Malaysia - 2009 , HPIC IX in Oregon , USA - 2010, HIPC X - Vietnam 2012,  Asian Art Exhibition in Taiwan 2012 - HIPC XI - Mongolia 2014, HPIC XII - Taiwan 2016.

In 2012, she was co-chair of International Women artists Association , directing successfully the Her Presence in Colours X in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam..

In June 2015 she was elected executive member of HCMC FAA (2015- 2020)  

In 2009, her painting “Forest of cajuputs during floating season” was collected by the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum. Many of her paintings were collected in private collections in France, Hong Kong, USA, Korea, Japan, Singapore.

Artist Statement: 
Ao Dai festival, an event opened in March 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City, has promoted the beauty and grace of Vietnamese women.  The
Vietnamese Ao Dai has undergone much change from traditional to modern designs. The Ao Dai now appears everywhere on the streets and even in the office. With its two flowing panels, like two wings of a bird, the Ao Dai has become a symbol of feminine aesthetics, an aspiration for a peaceful country with a better life.