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Exhibition features paintings by people with autism

Update: January, 15/2021 - 09:00
A painting by Vũ Đỗ Tuấn Duy

HÀ NỘI — A painting exhibition by artists with autism will open today at Megan Gallery in Hà Nội.

The exhibition entitled Sắc Màu - Những Mảnh Ghép (The Pieces of Colours) shows some 40 paintings by Tô Đỗ Hương Giang, Nguyễn Văn Duy, Vũ Đỗ Tuấn Duy, Nguyễn Trung Hiếu, Phạm Quang Huy and Nguyễn Danh Lâm. 

The artists are aged from 13 to 22 years old and have learned to paint at a charity painting class run by artist Lương Giang. 

"Almost all autistic people have difficulties in communication," said Giang. 

"So each of them chooses a unique way to express his or her thoughts and feelings about family, friends and the world around them.

"The paintings with themes of the natural landscape, animation characters and memories are made by rich imaginations and romantic souls. They are also truthful reflections about the world helping painters express their passion in drawing," she said.

A painting by Hương Giang

The 14 year-old Hương Giang is the only girl in the group and started to learn painting in the class early last year. 

She has since fallen in love with painting and paints on everything she can. 

"In the first class, I was worried about her," said Giang's mother. "My daughter surprised our family after nearly one year learning painting in the classroom. 

"She likes the painting class very much and she always wants to go there every Friday. We thank teacher Giang and other teachers at the class for helping my child and other people with autism have the chance to paint."

The oldest painter is 22-year-old Hiếu. Five years old, he first learned to speak and express his basic needs thanks to great support from his parents and teachers. 

A painting by Nguyễn Trung Hiếu

He is interested in music and painting and has studied in the class in 2018. 

The exhibition aims to make a contribution to career guidance for autistic people and encourage family with autistic children to help them show their talents.

The exhibition runs until February 28 at 299 Trung Kính Street, Cầu Giấy District. — VNS

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