Artist Statement: “Many men, many minds, many joys and sorrows too. Everyone has his or her own hapless things; less or more depends on a man’s characteristics and endurance. Men in a certain way can exchange segments of sufferings for entertainments, but with too many agonies inside they just keep all in themselves and considerately observe them in sad and painful silence. From time to time numerable human faces have shown up with tears or happiness. There are some blissful laughs, but people cannot conceal the past austerity and other grievous aspects. I have met many faces, from luxurious places to the end corners of many streets… Their wrinkles can show many portraits of indefinite as they are telling the world with their wordless stories that are finished only when men and women will not reserve their misery or bliss in life. I have painted them, depicting their joyful or sorrowful conditions and trying to narrate their living stories."
La Ba Quan graduated with a Master of Fine Art Degree from the Hanoi University of Fine Arts in 2010. His paintings often reflect on his life and his father's life. He admires his father who endured hardship during the war time and these memories return in his haunting portrait images. La Ba Quan has participated in exhibitions several times in New York, and also in the UK, the Netherlands and Israel as well as in Vietnam.