Le Thanh Son was born in 1962 in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the age of four, Son became a student of the young pioneer’s club to pursue his passion to paint. He graduated from Hanoi’s College of Drama and Cinematography in 1986 and is a full time artist and is a member of the Vietnam Fine Art Association.
Son’s chosen medium of expression is oil on canvas. He uses large brush strokes and applies thick paint directly to the canvas in a bold, liberal and daring yet emotional style. It's said that Son pioneered the creation of an impressionist trend in the modern Vietnam with an unique and typical Vietnamese character. He therefore has a great influence on the younger generation of Vietnamese artists.
Le Thanh Son particularly cherishes natural scenery. He sees the charm and lyricism in every scene, either it is a picture of a village, a corner of a duckweed pond, a plain pagoda gate, a flowers’ field or an old street Hanoi in the shade of verdant trees beaming with sunlight. He is specially inspired by the Mother Nature’s marvelous change of colours through four seasons.
The uniqueness of Son’s art is that as an impressionist, he does not follow the pure visual sight or reality. With his imagination and expert use of colours, Son turns plain scenes of everyday life into extraordinary pictures of splendid and charming beauty. The viewer is treated with a visual feast that brings about an unanticipated source of delight. Son’s art is like the nature’s four seasons’ romantic melodies. And these melodies of colours naturally and gently flow into the viewer’s heart and soul.
For Son, painting is a way to play with colours, to express his personal emotions and satisfy the thirst of creativity. He is famous for interplaying light and shadow in his works. Le Thanh Son is a familiar name amongst international art lovers. Famous collectors of his paintings include President Bill Clinton, Mr. Bill Gates and Prince Andrew.