Traditional Art

Saigon's artisans produce stunningly ornate work including lacquerware, woodblock prints, silk paintings, embroidery and Vietnamese calligraphy. In the past, calligraphers used Chinese characters but these days Roman script is used to write poetry, folk sayings or hopes for future good luck. The technique of making lacquerware was once veiled in mystery with families passing knowledge down through the generations. Vietnamese traditional art is widely available throughout HCMC.

During Chinese rule of Vietnam, Vietnamese artisans applied freshly learned Chinese techniques to art and ceramics in conjunction with the continued production of art based on native methods. French influence in art creation took hold by the 19th century in Vietnam, and had tremendous weight in the birth of modern Vietnamese art. Modern Vietnamese artists started to use French techniques with many traditional mediums including silk and lacquer. A unique blend of eastern and western elements was born. You can buy Vietnamese traditional art at many shops and galleries around Ho Chi Minh City.

San Art

San Art is an internationally renown, independent, artist-initiated, non-profit contemporary art organization centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City. We are committed to the exchange and cultivation of visual practice, aiming to promote, facilitate and showcase contemporary art through production, exhibition, discourse and education. Sàn Art (‘san’ meaning ‘platform’) was established in October 2007 in response to limited resources and negligible opportunities for contemporary art and culture in Vietnam. In a country that offers little in the way of infrastructure and few alternatives to commercial production, artists must be strategically creative in order to be heard.

Sàn Art is thus uniquely placed to fill the gap in access and opportunity by engaging with contemporary discourse through the visual arts, literature, performance and vocational activities such as exhibition, lecture, workshop, artist presentations and residency programs, in conjunction with local and international partners. Our current premises consists of a public reading room that holds textual and visual material on contemporary art, including facilities for ‘San Art Laboratory’ – our ‘artist-in-residence’ program – with 4 apartments and 4 studios.

San Art works with external partners in locating space to showcase exhibitions of the diverse talent of Vietnam and beyond. San Art also possesses a growing inventory of contemporary Vietnamese art that is available for sale. You will find a steady rotation of art adorning the walls of our reading room, please ask our staff for further information. All proceeds jointly benefit the artist and the ongoing programming costs of San Art as a not-for-profit organization.


Couleurs by Réhahn Fine Art Photography

Réhahn’s stunning fine art photographic portraits and landscapes take us on a journey through the most beautiful and remote areas of Vietnam and the world. His work is highly sought after by visitors and collectors alike, making this gallery a must-see for anyone interested in art and photography. Prints are available for purchase in various mediums and formats including postcards, coffee table books, and high-quality, limited edition collector prints.

Réhahn Fine Art Photography

Local insight: Réhahn has a second gallery at the InterContinental Saigon that focuses on his limited edition collector prints. Go check out this special exclusive!


Blue Space Contemporary Arts Center is a combined online gallery for two leading art galleries in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The website started in 1999 and has successfully provided thousands of paintings to collectors around the world. The founder of the website and owner of both galleries, Ms. Tran Thi Anh Vu has been a leader in the Vietnamese Art community for over a decade. Through our serious and impressive presence in Saigon, is able to offer the highest quality paintings from the most famous artists in Vietnam: Nguyen Thanh Binh, Bui Huu Hung, Ho Huu Thu, Do Duy Tuan .. to name a few.

Because we are strong both on-line and locally, we are able to provide the best service to our clients both in Vietnam and abroad. Our staff is well prepared to offer consulting to those who are building their collections of Asian Art. We are able to connect serious collectors with artists to commission the paintings, we are also able to search for specific scenes, topics and color combinations. Our goal is to help our clients to find the right work of art for their collection. Email us at: Our on-line store lists all of the art we currently offer from our physical inventory. You can view our entire collection from here:


Zen Art Gallery

This HCMC gallery hosts six vetted exhibitions a year that showcase the best of contemporary Vietnamese art by artists such as Dao M. Tri, Le Ngoc Linh, Le Kinh Tai, Nguyen Than, Nguyen Q. Vinh and Kim Chi. For a look into the major players in Saigon's modern art scene, step into Zen Gallery and view the clash of classic and contemporary.


Craig Thomas Gallery

Founded in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009, Craig Thomas Gallery takes the art experience of its namesake and director, Craig Thomas, and develops a full blown collection of contemporary Vietnamese art. Supporting emerging artists by providing them a gateway to wider audiences, this Saigon gallery aims to firmly establish the art scene in Vietnam. The main exhibition room is in District 1 with a smaller satellite location in District 2. Purchase a contemporary piece of quality Vietnamese art before returning home.

Craig Thomas Gallery is the natural evolution of its founder's decade long involvement in the Vietnamese art scene and the relationships developed with artists, curators and collectors during that time. The gallery supports the development of emerging and mid-career Vietnamese artists and provides them with a platform to present their work to a larger audience. Craig Thomas Gallery's main exhibition space is situated in central Ho Chi Minh City. In Saigon's District 2, the gallery operates a satellite exhibition area.