Artist ‘paints’ with rice

A rice painting created by local artisan Ho Nghia. (Photo: SGGP)

Artisan Ho Nghia began producing a unique form of art in 2008, using grains of rice to create elaborate images.

The rice paintings are meticulously crafted. Each individual grain must be slim, firm, and the same size. For this reason, the rice is always carefully selected.

The grains are then roasted for a length of time depending on the color tones required for the works which are drafted in advance. Finally, the rice is attached to paper according to the draft painting.

The longevity of rice paintings is around 2-3 years.

Nghia has now created 25 rice works, including portraits of the country’s leaders and scenes of Vietnamese villages.

By H.Huong – Translated by Hoang Nhan

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