Phuc Van Dang has a background as a Graphic Designer and works in the intersection between design, art and culture. He a strong passion for art in the public space and has contributed at several festivals and have also held exhibitions and workshops around the world.
He has previously worked with UX design for TDC Development, product design for Bolia, as well as visual design and murals for private and public companies.
Conversation with Phuc Van Dang
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I was born in Vungtau - Vietnam, but raised in Denmark. Right now I’m based in Denmark
When did you become an artist and what was your first project?
I do not consider myself a solid title as an artist but a person who loves to work with storytelling and creativity across medias and cultures. I concentrate on the transformation from storytelling to design and concept. My work is in the intersection between design, art and culture. I have worked with product design for Bolia, as well as visual concept design and murals for private and public companies. I have a passion for art in public space - where me and my art meet the public eye to eye. I have contributed with my art at a number of festivals and have held exhibitions in Denmark, New York, Barcelona and Tokyo.
Did you study art in school, if so where?
I studied Graphic Design at Design Seminariet.
What inspires you? Any particular artists?
Nature and humans have played a major role in my source of inspiration for my work, so I always integrate them in my art.
There are many artists and designers I admire and their philosophy behind their work. It has given me an understanding of their passion about what they do and achieve development in the culture. In the art world, I have always liked Fablo Picasso. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. With these thoughts, I think I've learned to keep learning new things and create something that makes sense in society and culture.
What are some of the ideas behind your work?
My signature style works with simplifying and interpreting the feelings I work with. I have worked with my black lines for 4 years now and focus with different brushes strokes on different materials and media. My approach to art or visual design concept is always about a story. A story to give an opinion based on the expression that I work with.
It may be an interpretation of cultural history or some kind a concept of live painting performance event.