In 1959 in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, Dao Anh Khanh drew his first breath. 22 years later, he attended Hanoi Police Academy and became a policeman. His passionate love for art, however, never diminished and he decided to devote his life to arts. In 1990, Khanh graduated from the Industrial Art College in Hanoi and developed a strong affection for the human form and spirit, both of which he drew inspiration from.
“In Vietnam most artists paint naked human bodies in an isolated space such as a bed. But those are just nude bodies. If you bring them outside of that closed room, and put them in situations such as going to the market, going to nature, etc, that is the beauty of life, real life! Though that might never happen in Vietnam, I imagine those naked women carrying baskets or selling flowers on their bicycles at the market”.
Dao Anh Khanh’s paintings are to be found in in private collections all over the globe, both in Vietnam and abroad. He has had exhibitions in Paris, London, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington. His works have been published in magazines including Asian Pacific Art Magazine, Asian Art Magazine, Vietnam Review, and Vietnam Pictorial. Obviously Khanh is not someone to stand still as he is eager to discover the world.
In 1999, he developed a new concept of art and nowadays, Dao Anh Khanh is being recognised as a pioneer of contemporary performance art in Vietnam. He uses different disciplines in visual arts, which are performed through the language of body movements in a space of multiform lighting and sounds.
Dao Anh Khanh has already held five successful “Dao Xuan” (Spring Comes) shows in Hanoi. These shows are art performances where choreography, live music, video and visual installations come together, each time in a distinctive style and theme expressing human aspirations towards the future in modern life. Audiences are inspired by flickering flames, voices and the movements of the colourful fully-painted bodies, and they will experience his art with all their senses.
Khanh’s visual art is being supported by many important foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation. He performed in Liverpool and London (UK), Baden (Switzerland), New York and Maine (US), Barcelona (Spain), and Hong Kong. The former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder visited Khanh’s beautiful Treehouse in Hanoi during his visit to Vietnam in April 2007 to watch his performance. At the end Schroeder said, ”This is the man who will hold the future of his country!”