Vietnamese artist makes painting out of lotus leaves
An artist in Vietnam's Mekong Delta is making paintings out of lotus leaves. The 62-year-old man's artwork includes portraits of the great world leaders and Vietnam's late revolutionary figures.
Le Van Nghia dropped his job as a carpenter to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an artist.
He started with making paintings from the outer layers of paperbark trees.
However, as soon as he had mastered this technique, Nghia realized that paintings from paperbark trees are not unique and do not represent his hometown, the land of lotus.
“I decided to use lotus flowers, a gift that nature has given Dong Thap, to make paintings because when my works travel further people will know that lotus is a specialty of my hometown,” Nghia told Tuoitrenews.
He has been trying to master the technique sine 2017. Nghia picks the leaves from a nearby pond, before drying them for six months to get the right colour.
Each artwork then takes him up to ten days to make by hand.
“Working with lotus leaves is difficult because the leaves are crispy and easily crushed so I have to make sure the leaves have the right humidity”, Nghia told AFP.
His lotus leaves paintings are mostly portraits. Each painting cost around $130.
Nghia picks the leaves from a nearby pond. Photo: Dan Viet
His paintings are mostly portraits. Photo: Dan Viet
Nghia besides his paintings of Uncle Ho. Photo: Dan Viet
Nghia uses lotus leaf veins for his painting of Uncle Ho. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/Tuoi tre
Le Van Nghia irons a lotus leaf to make paintings in Dong Thap, southern Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Le Van Nghia and a portrait of his late wife, made using lotus leaves Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre
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