Chilean artist’s mural painting joins Hanoi Ceramic Road
(VNF) - A colourful mural painting designed by world-famous Chilean mural artist Alejandro Mono Gonzalez was unveiled in Hanoi to celebrate Chile’s National Day on September 18th.
Artists of the New Hanoi (Tân Hanoi) arts company made the mural using ceramic material.
The mural painting designed by world-famous Chilean mural artist Alejandro Mono Gonzalez was unveiled Monday morning in Hanoi to celebrate Chile’s National Day on September 18th. (Photos courtesy of artist Nguyen Thu Thuy)
The latest mural painting, 12m long and 2.3m high, is part of the existing 3.9km Hanoi Ceramic Road, which was recognised as the world’s largest mural painting in 2010, with total area of 6.500 sq.m.
This ceramic mosaic mural, which runs along the roads of Au Co, Nghi Tam, Yen Phu and Tran Nhat Duat, as well as Tran Quang Khai and Tran Khanh Du, and terminates at the pier of Long Bien Bridge, was built in 2008. It was among the major projects that were developed on the occasion of the Millennial Anniversary of Hanoi.
The project won artist Nguyen Thu Thuy, its creator, the prestigious Bui Xuan Phai award in 2008, honouring valuable artworks of the capital.
She was highly appreciated for her idea to transform the dyke system around Hanoi into a ceramic mosaic.
“I am very proud and touched when artist Gonzalez was invited to design this part of the mural by Ambassador of Chile to Vietnam Claudio De Negri, and that this artwork was unveiled on the National Day of Chile,” Thuy said.
With this mural painting, located near the Quang An flower market, Gonzalez wants to share his vision of a beautiful and progressive life that communist countries have aimed for since 1970.
It is part of the existing 3.9km Hanoi Ceramic Road, which was recognised as the world’s largest mural painting in 2010. (Photo: M.Phuong/VNF)
Mono Gonzalez was born in 1947 in Curico City of Chile. He worked as an artistic director at the Municipal Theatre of Santiago, designing the stage for famous plays, including Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet.
He is well known for his large-size mural paintings, which have beautified public spaces and buildings in Chile and several other countries, including Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Cuba, as well as Canada, France, Italy and the Netherlands, along with Portugal, Ukraine, China and now Vietnam.
In Chile, he is the author of the art work titled Art and the city: Life and work, which was installed in 2004 at the Parque Bustamante metro in Santiago City. Featuring the history of social movements of Chile, this is the longest mural painting in the country - 233m long and 3m high.
Concerned about societal issues and the country’s destiny, the artist through his works, which are full of colour and humanity, often conveys his aspirations about human relations, people and society.
During his visit to Vietnam, Mono Gonzalez will meet artists in Hanoi and students at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts./.