Ngo Van Sac

Born in 1980 in Hanoi, Ngo Van Sac has gained recognition in Vietnam and internationally for his unique art works. He has held solo exhibitions in Canada, Japan, Hungary, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

Ngo Van Sac has a fascination for textures and materials: paper, wood, sand and acrylic, all combine to create very powerful art pieces.
“My art-work is about desires: the tension between real life and fantasy and the intricate relationships between humans. To show this intensity, I like strong renderings of figure, the effect of different surface textures and the strong contrast between black and white.”

Ngo Van Sac’s wood burn portraits represent a pivotal point in his artistic path. He started painting on wood panels about ten years ago, but when he looked back at the paintings he had created he was not satisfied. So he burned them all. In the flames, with natural colors created by the heat, he saw them in a new way, discovering in them a new life and a new art form. By combining fire and natural pinewood, Ngo Van Sac truly found himself.

“I use the fire to paint on wood. It’s my creation, my exploration and my passion. I use fire to burn the wood and I use acrylic to paint on some parts. Finally, an oil varnish covers and protects the whole painting. All my portraits of children, women and men in my paintings and sculptures come from the memory of my hometown.”

Many of his portraits contain smaller images, and together they create a story, a unique identity that brings us deep into his thoughts. These portraits are Sac’s personal feelings that he wants to express through the natural colors of the wood and the veins in the wood, which often appear unexpectedly.