Lap Ngo: The World Painter

Lap Ngo: The World Painter

November 8 – 29, 2013

My art is my life. Art has enriched my life for over five decades. It allows me to live in a world of beauty and imagination which I share with others. My greatest happiness is sharing my knowledge of painting with my many students from around the world. Besides enjoying their friendship, I feel immense pride when they, too, become successful in their art. I cannot imagine a world without art. -- Lap Ngo

Lap Ngo was born in Ha-Long Bay, Vietnam and his love for art began at an early age. At the height of the Vietnam War he saved enough money from several art exhibits to purchase a one-way ticket to Paris, France. He was accepted to the world-renowned École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris where Monet, Renoir and Degas had been students. Lap studied painting, etching and engraving, and later obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. He spent the next 24 years living in North and West Africa where he taught private art lessons and held yearly art exhibits sponsored by international institutions.

Lap Ngo’s paintings have often been described as “versatile yet peaceful and luminescent.” Working with various mediums, his paintings include portraits of nomads and luminous landscapes he encountered in his African travels to very surrealistic compositions.

Out of Africa since 1996, he now divides his time between the U.S. and the South of France (Provence) where he continues to paint, write, teach, conduct workshops, and give lectures and demonstrations.

To learn more about Lap Ngo and his art, one can watch the video created by Allen City TV. In 2013, the documentary received the NATOA First and Second Prize Awards in different categories which was held in Orlando, Fl. This video is nominated for the Lone Star Emmy Award for best cultural documentary category to be held in San Antonio, TX, November 2013. The entire 15 minute video can be viewed at: