FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

My Dream – The Art of Nguyen Huu Thuan
July 21- September 7, 2008
Opening Reception:  Thursday, August 21, 5:30 – 8:30 pm



Founders Hall Art Gallery
Soka University
1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Directions: From Interstate 5 take Oso/Pacific Park Drive west to Wood Canyon. Turn left, then right on University.  Founders Hall is the domed building overlooking Peace Lake.
Map: http://www.soka.edu/directions
Contact: Wendy Harder

949.480.4081
E-mail, wwharder@soka.edu
Web site, http://www.soka.edu/gallery
Gallery hours, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm



(l.) Nguyen Huu Thuan, “Landscape in Cat Tien”, oil on canvas, 43 x 63”.
(r.) Nguyen Huu Thuan, “Old Street in Summer”, oil on canvas, 31.5 x 39.5”.

ALISO VIEJO, CA – At fifty-two, Hanoi-born artist Nguyen Huu Thuan is both exhibiting and fulfilling My Dream, a selection of seventeen oil-on-canvas landscapes at Soka University’s Founders Hall Art Gallery (2nd floor) at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo, California.  The exhibition is open through September 7th with an opening reception on Thursday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m.  The community is invited to attend.  See http://www.soka.edu/directions for a map and directions.
 
About the Artist
Nguyen Huu Thuan was influenced by his father, a lacquer painter in North Vietnam.  He started pencil sketching at the age of six.  When his family home was destroyed by American bombs in 1968, he felt no animosity.  He continued to develop his passion for art with a broader vision of the world.  
 
After one year at university, Nguyen was drafted into the military in 1975 as an army truck driver. He found this an opportunity to sketch in other areas of his country, Laos and Cambodia.  From 1989, his travels took him to Europe including Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Poland where he visited one museum each week and learned from other artists he met. He concentrated on impressionist, contemporary modern and Renaissance art and also took to the streets and parks to examine the work of his contemporaries.  This self-taught artist graduated to painting oil in color for the first time in 1993.  
 
In 1995, Nguyen sent a painting to Japan to be auctioned at an International Exhibition to help victims of the Kobe earthquake.  That launched his international career with group and solo exhibitions.
 
Nguyen Huu Thuan dreamed of depicting the world with his craft.  He has since exhibited in Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the United States.  Soka University is proud to show his work for the first time in south Orange County along with four paintings by his son, Nguyen Phan Anh.
 
Nguyen is a professional driver by trade in Vietnam and has driven for the French, Singapore and Danish embassies.
 
Soka University of America is a private, non-profit four-year liberal arts college and graduate school offering a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and study abroad for all undergraduate students. SUA features a non-sectarian curriculum and is open to top students of all nationalities.  About half of Soka’s students come from the United States and half from 30 other countries.  Soka University is founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life and is located on 103-acres in Aliso Viejo, CA.




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