Painter Saeko Ando: The cherry-blossom in lacquer painting
The first step
In 1996, Saeko began learning about lacquer painting from painter Trinh Tuan. In 1997, after being introduced to painter Bui Tuan Thanh, she came to the workshop of craftsman Doan Chi Trung where many painters meet and share their creativity.
"In principal, the beginners have to clean and tidy up things, but I was spared these tasks as I was almost elderly (nearly 30 years old!). Moreover, since I was able to paint and known a lot about painting I could instantly set to work".
With the whole-hearted teaching of Mr. Chi Trung, Saeko could adapt very quickly. When she was a child, her mother used to draw pictures for any story she told the kids so she grew up with a love of art and her family.
A lacquer painting by Saeko
With pieces of egg shell, golden and silver leaves as well as her industry and cleverness… her pictures take shape. She bought books in
It is the predestination
10 years have passed, Saeko Ando can not remember how many paintings she has completed and how many painters and people value her art.
Saeko had 3 exhibitions in
These days, her pictures are displayed in the exhibition on Vietnamese lacquer paintings in
Lacquer art also exists in
Now, Saeko is very busy with her creation works and teaches lacquer art to people from many countries at her Cay Son company.
Raising the profile of Vietnamese lacquer art has been her “task”. "Foreigners and even Vietnamese people should know deeply and properly about traditional lacquer art but not the shiny lacquers they sell in the street" said Saeko.
In 2001 she married Mark, an English construction engineer. They made a commitment before their wedding: wherever they go, once a year, she will go back to