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Actress Tra Giang says painting makes her feel ‘free as a bird'

Update: January, 12/2016 - 10:04
Colours of spring: A painting on canvas by People's Artist Tra Giang.
HCM CITY (VNS)  — People's Artist and movie star Tra Giang's impressions of nature are showcased at her solo exhibition at the HCM City Fine Arts Museum.

One of the country's first and leading movie actresses, Giang has turned to painting and found recognition for her work in art.

Her latest exhibition, Mua Xuan (Spring), is like "a mix between my internal life and the outer world," said the 74-year-old.

Giang's series of 29 paintings on canvas feature the beauty of the natural world, showing colourful flowers, fruits and landscapes.

Giang said the use of the oil medium was the best way to show off her dreams and hopes.

"I work like a kid with fresh love and enthusiasm for art," he said. "Through my work, I can learn via research, and through painting, can fly and dance as free as a bird."

Giang began her love for painting in 1999 when her close friends, female artist Le Thi Thoa, former deputy director of the Pasteur Institute, and renowned artists Mai Truc and Quang Luan, infused the passion of art into her soul.

The desire to paint led Giang to study at classes launched by the HCM City University of Fine Arts.

Her first solo exhibition, He Ve (Summer Returns), opened at Lotus Gallery in 2006 and left a very strong impression on viewers.

She has also displayed her art in group exhibitions.

Born in Quang Ngai Province, Giang studied at the Viet Nam Cinematography School in 1959. She began her career when she was at school.

Her first film was Mot Ngay Dau Thu (The First Day of Fall), a production directed by Huy Van, one of the country's most talented movie directors.

Known as a movie star in the 1970s, Giang played leading roles in quality movies such as Vi Tuyen 17 Ngay Va Dem (Parallel 17 Days and Nights), Chi Tu Hau (Mrs Tu Hau), Ngay Le Thanh (The Holly Day) and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (Heroine Nguyen Thi Minh Khai).

By playing a southern woman under the American War in both Vi Tuyen 17 Ngay Va Dem and Chi Tu Hau, she won the best actress prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1963 and 1973.

"I decided to spend my remaining time for painting because I found in art an unlimited love for life and people," she said.

The exhibition closes on January 17 at 97 Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1. — VNS

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