Ethereal Illustrations Fuse Traditional Vietnamese Culture With Surreal Dreamscapes

Digital Illustrations of Women by Thanh Nhan Nguyen

“Season inside season”
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Artist Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn creates surreal digital illustrations inspired by Vietnamese culture. In his newest series Season of Life, ethereal female figures wearing traditional áo dài gowns are placed in lush environments filled with foliage, cranes, and stylized motifs.

Born and raised in the countryside of Vietnam, Nguyễn finds inspiration for his surrealist dreamscapes in the natural beauty of his surroundings. “The peace of the countryside has influenced my art a lot,” he tells My Modern Met. “Trees, flowers, and fruits often appear in different colors and shapes in my compositions.” Moreover, the “culture and people of Vietnam” act as a muse for the figures that inhabit his colorful worlds.

Each work from the series features a woman wearing a unique áo dài gown—which has a high collar and a slit down the side—in a fantasy background of similar colors. Season inside a season, for example, depicts a woman and crane in a nighttime landscape painted with rich emerald greens and deep blues. In Season in bloom, a figure wearing white floats in a pastel-colored sky, one hand on her own pale green crane.

You can purchase prints of Season of Life via Nguyễn's Society6 store, and keep up to date with his latest projects by following him on Instagram.

Vietnamese artist Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn merges traditional clothing with surreal backgrounds in his series of digital illustrations called Season of Life.

Digital Illustrations of Women by Thanh Nhan Nguyen

“Season in bloom”

Digital Illustrations of Women by Thanh Nhan Nguyen

“Season of silence”

Digital Illustrations of Women by Thanh Nhan Nguyen

“Season under the light”


Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn: Website | Behance | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Thanh Nhàn Nguyễn.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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