Beauty of His Vietnamese Homeland Inspires Artist
Thi Bach Hien is a famous artist who has been teaching for more than thirty years. He is an expert when it comes to painting on the special paper made from the bark of the Rhamnoneuron balansae tree. He owns an art studio where your travelers can meet him and learn about this beautiful and traditional painting technique.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Have you always lived in Hoi An?
I live in Danang, Vietnam. I started painting with watercolors when I was a teenager. I was inspired by the beauty of my homeland to focus on painting landscapes, schoolgirls in traditional ao dai (typical Vietnamese dress), and Hoi An houses.
Where did you learn to paint with this special paper? Is it a family tradition?
Yes, watercolor painting is part of my family tradition. I was born during the hard times of the Vietnam War so I didn’t have enough money to afford studying at an art school. I learned to paint from my family and other teachers, but outside of school.
When did you start teaching and sharing this beautiful technique?
I have been working with this technique for 15-20 years. I became a teacher when I was only fifteen years old. I like to share my experience with my students, many of whom stay and work with me after they graduate. I also work with international students.
Can you describe a typical day in your studio?
I own a painting school in Danang and an art studio in Hoi An. Every morning after assigning work to my staff and students in Danang, I drive to Hoi An to arrange painting courses for clients. Each class has a capacity of eight students.
Why do you think travelers should call your studio?
I can speak English well so I can communicate with travelers to explain about my technique. I am very passionate about my work and sharing my knowledge. I want everyone to be satisfied with my courses.
Khiri Vietnam can arrange classes at Mr. Hien’s studio and combine these classes with tours of Hoi An. Spending a half day at his art workshop not only is a great opportunity to learn about different art techniques but also to know more about Vietnamese culture and history through the eyes of an artist.
To request information about a visiting or taking a class with Mr. Hien, please contact [email protected]