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​Vietnamese artist wows stars with hyperrealist paintings

Saturday, December 09, 2017, 18:57 GMT+7

A young Vietnamese artist has made a name for himself by painting celebrity portraits depicting his subjects in their truest form.

After graduating from Dong Thap University in southern Vietnam with a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy arts, Tran Thien Sy chose to part ways with his intended career path as an art teacher to venture into the world of visual hyperrealism.

The 28-year-old artist said his passion for hyperrealist portraits had been growing since his years in junior high.

“Painting portraits is one of my biggest passions because I get to explore the inner selves of my subjects through the work,” Sy said. “The beauty in their eyes and on their lips and face generates emotion and charisma unique to each subject.”

Vietnamese singer Toc Tien. Courtesy of Sy
Vietnamese singer Toc Tien. Courtesy of Sy

Sy’s subjects are typically Vietnamese and international celebrities, citing the fact that public figures always yearn to appear prettiest for their audience.

“I’m also an audience member captivated by their beauty, both on the inside and on the outside,” he said.

The young painter is also among the few artists who broadcast their process live on social media for followers to witness.

“Some artists avoid livestreaming like the plague, since they want to keep their techniques secret,” Sy explained. “But I think it’s very important to share any talent you’re lucky enough to be gifted with.”

Sy's paintings are featured on Hermes handbags in this 2015 fashion project. Courtesy of Sy
Sy's paintings are featured on Hermes handbags in this 2015 fashion project. Courtesy of Sy

According to Sy, hyperrealism focuses its emphasis on the details of the subjects, especially the emotion and aura broadcast through the eyes of each character.

Sy’s collection includes hundreds of hyperrealist portraits of Vietnamese, South Korean, and US-UK artists, including those he has met in real life and presented with his work.

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Courtesy of Sy
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Courtesy of Sy
Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh (L) and Vietnamese businesswoman Ly Nha Ky. Courtesy of Sy
Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh (L) and Vietnamese businesswoman Ly Nha Ky. Courtesy of Sy
Vietnamese singer-actress Minh Hang. Courtesy of Sy
Vietnamese singer-actress Minh Hang. Courtesy of Sy
Vietnamese singer-songwriter Son Tung M-TP. Courtesy of Sy
Vietnamese singer-songwriter Son Tung M-TP. Courtesy of Sy
South Korean actor-singer Lee Min-ho. Courtesy of Sy
South Korean actor-singer Lee Min-ho. Courtesy of Sy
Vietnamese singer Khoi My. Courtesy of Sy
Vietnamese singer Khoi My. Courtesy of Sy
Sy's paintings are featured on Hermes handbags in this 2015 fashion project. Courtesy of Sy
Sy's paintings are featured on Hermes handbags in this 2015 fashion project. Courtesy of Sy
Sy's paintings are featured on Hermes handbags in this 2015 fashion project. Courtesy of Sy
Sy's paintings are featured on Hermes handbags in this 2015 fashion project. Courtesy of Sy
Tran Thien Sy (R) presents his portrait of Vietnamese singer Noo Phuoc Thinh to the singer. Courtesy of Sy
Tran Thien Sy (R) presents his portrait of Vietnamese singer Noo Phuoc Thinh to the singer. Courtesy of Sy
Sy’s working table. Courtesy of Sy
Sy’s working table. Courtesy of Sy
Hyperrealist artist Tran Thien Sy. Courtesy of Sy
Hyperrealist artist Tran Thien Sy. Courtesy of Sy

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