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Vietnamese artist to showcase part of 50-piece collection of Trump portraits in Florence exhibition

Monday, June 03, 2019, 15:29 GMT+7
Vietnamese artist to showcase part of 50-piece collection of Trump portraits in Florence exhibition
A portrait featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by Tran Lam Binh

A Vietnamese artist who has been making portrait after portrait of Donald Trump since he became U.S. President will be showcasing his works to the world in Italy this October.

Ho Chi Minh City-based Tran Lam Binh has more than 50 paintings and statues portraying the U.S. leader in his collection, in addition to artworks featuring another high-profile figure - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Binh has registered to showcase five of his favorite Trump portraits at the International Contemporary Art Biennial of Florence 2019 and eventually got the nod from the organizers, he told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday.

The event’s International Selection Committee has reviewed his artworks and ruled that they are fit for exhibition, according to Binh.

The Florence Biennale 2019 will be held at the exhibition spaces of the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, from October 18 to 27.

Binh’s five portrait paintings, depicting the U.S. president in a pop-art style and vibrant colors, will be exhibited and compete for the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award along with works in a range of art categories, including drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, digital art, installation art, and performance art.

The award, given away by a jury composed of distinguished scholars, art historians and critics from different countries, is conferred on the best exhibiting artists for their works on display at the biennial event.

The event’s official catalog will also dedicate a separate page to Binh’s paintings, he told Tuoi Tre.

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

The Vietnamese artist has painted and created sculptures featuring the portrait of Trump since he won the U.S. presidential election in November 2016.

“What I like about Trump is that he has talent in every field,” Binh said.

The artist describes the 73-year-old leader as “a person with a special appearance, good sense of humor, and a face which is as expressive as the liveliest contemporary artwork in the world.”

Binh was not shy to express his hope that Trump will be reelected in the 2022 election.

The International Contemporary Art Biennial of Florence 2019 is the 12th edition of the event that has been held every two years since the end of the 1990s. Nearly 6,000 artists from more than 100 countries have participated in the event as exhibitors in one or more editions since.

The organizers do not cover expenses for artists attending the event.

Another Vietnamese artist, Le Huu Hieu, attended the most recent edition in 2017.

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump by Tran Lam Binh

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