Spotlight: Bui Thanh Tam

Bui Thanh Tam (born in 1979) is an up and coming Vietnamese artist who, through his paintings, is trying to capture the conflict between new and old, modernity and tradition, materialism and spirituality. He uses irony to ridicule the changing Vietnamese society that is eager to embrace Western values like the love for money and social status, above all else, all while forgoing its past and cultural identity. Bui Thanh Tam presents his cartoonish, puppet-like subjects in silly poses. There is a resemblance to Yue Minjun’s art, in that their superficial facade is a way of coping with the anxiety and angst of the changing times.


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