From poetry to paintings

Initially, I was exposed to Doan Quynh Nhu’s universe via poetry. Despite its romantic origins, Nhu’s poetry is full of realism, a naked reality with the loss and suffering of humankind, including romance. Doan Quynh Nhu is first and foremost a poet who dares to speak out about human injustices and attempts to generalize the wreckage of life in her homeland, a poet who seeks utopian lands in order to escape reality. 

With this poetess, poetry is both an exploration into the being of existence and an inquiry into herself. Doan Quynh Nhu’s poetry conveys life’s scars while simultaneously attempting to heal them. In poetry, I see herself sometimes straining all her senses to allow the sounds of life strike, and other times it’s the noises of rage, shouting mixed with calming sounds and full of sympathy.

Doan Quynh Nhu went through painting as an inevitable outcome of her amorous exile from poetry. People generally select expressionist paintings to communicate their voice to others when a poet turns to paintings. However, Doan Quynh Nhu’s artistic language goes towards abstractionism, through artworks – Our Mire, Bell Sounds, Boundless, and The Earthly Eye – a realm that is difficult to grasp the essence of. Nhu entered the abstractionism field as effortlessly as a poet’s fantasies.

Doan Quynh Nhu’s artwork is a rejection of objective reality’s imitation. As though going inward, attempting to project one’s inner self, a profound interiority originally conveyed in poetry, but now carried through a different medium and form. Doan Quynh Nhu’s ambition is to reveal suppressed innermost thoughts through her paintings. The hue and its rhythm have reflected the universe within herself. As a way, Nhu’s work is riddled with secrets. These paintings are entirely based on the artist’s imagination and do not rely on any superficial factors.

Things don’t just appear out of nowhere. Doan Quynh Nhu’s works are characterized based on profound recollections of prior reality, which Nhu has articulated in her poetry. I believe that neglecting to explain the external reality impedes the ability to transcend reality without vivid recollections of it. To overcome realism, the artists must immerse themselves in it in order to formulate abstract masterpieces with cognitive meaning. 

Doan Quynh Nhu’s paintings, I believe, have expanded the pre existing boundaries. 

Writer/Artist Le Minh Phong


Solo exhibition “Dancing Through Dreamscape” By artist Doan Quynh Nhu

Ho Chi Minh City – VY Gallery is honored to present the first solo exhibition – intimate meeting of artist Doan Quynh Nhu – Dancing Through Dreamscape.

The show features 27 paintings that portray Doan Quynh Nhu’s artistic vibrations throughout the process of expressing herself through art. The exhibition is also an intimate meeting between Doan Quynh Nhu with young talent who are enthusiastic about art and desire to develop their artistic path.

About Doan Quynh Nhu

Doan Quynh Nhu (born 1978) is recognized as a poet, with the lyrical poetry volumes “Nhu la…” (2005) and “Vong” (2009). Doan Quynh Nhu is devoted to the couple’s sentiments of love and the individual’s path of selfdiscovery. Very early on, she began modelling for her father – a sculptor, which sparked her interest in painting. Doan Quynh Nhu immersed herself in compositions with entrancing color and linguistic resources during her four years of finding and appreciating her new creative love – painting. Consequently, she described her artistic journey with the pleasure of self-discovery: “a dreamland I don’t wish to leave, which has adorned me with a poetic soul.

Exhibition Information

– Date: 05/08/2022 14/08/2022 (Free entrance)
– Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm
– Venue: 20 Nguyen Van Thu, DaKao, District 1, HCMC
– Contact: Ms. Tường Vy -tran.vy@vygallery.com | info@vygallery.com
– Phone: (+84) 091 508 6611


List of Artworks



29/07/2022 - 14/08/2022

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