Born in 1976, raised and educated in Hanoi, Hung makes art that reflects the comical situations arising from the rapid yet piecemeal processes of domestic urbanization and modernization. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he is equally at ease painting as he is creating large-scale installations or exploring sound art. Hung’s particular realist style encompasses a distinctive sense of playfulness and humour that sets him apart from previous generations of artists. As the son of a jet fighter pilot, he draws on the personal in his paintings of aircraft. Depicting military equipment combines with oversized grocery items or working for rice harvest, Hung’s surreal scenes humorously morph a symbol of destruction with conduits of hope, benevolence and joy.
As one of Vietnam’s most recognized emerging artists, Nguyen Manh Hung gained increased international attention in recent years. His work was featured in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 2012 at the QAG/GoMA in Australia.
Over the years, Hung’s work has showed at ifaGalleries Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Bildemuseet, Umea, Sweden; StenersenMuseet Oslo, Norway; Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco.
Hung have done several residency programs at ArtOMI NYC in USA, Asian Cultural Council NYC in USA, Musee D’Art Contemporain Du Val-de-Marne (MAC?VAL) in France, Cleveland Foundation, Ohio, USA. Recently in 2016, Hung been participated in Asia Young 36 – Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition at Jeonbuk Museum of Art, South Korea.
Hung is also know as former art director of Nha San Studio (from 2008 to 2011), the first non profit artist led art space for contemporary art in Hanoi since 1998. He supports young artists to analyzie and realized their work at Nha San.