Artists for the Community – Online artwork auction to support poor neighborhoods severely affected by COVID-19

After over 9 weeks of operation, ‘From Saigon to Saigon’ has received generous support from donors across Vietnam and abroad. Nearly 6,000 gift packages have been delivered to the people of Saigon, carrying our wishes that the city would get well soon.

In our effort to continue aiding vulnerable neighborhoods, FSTS is fortunate enough to be accompanied by some very special benefactors. Artist Dao Anh Khanh, artist Pham To Chiem, and two young painters, Doan Nguyen Minh, and Doan Hieu Minh, have donated to FSTS four paintings that have never been revealed before. These artworks will be auctioned to provide emergency relief to low-income families who are severely affected by the pandemic.

All proceeds from the auction will be used to buy necessities for underprivileged city dwellers. As the city lockdown keeps getting extended, gift packages including groceries and basic medication will be sent to people in need, helping them make ends meet during the difficult days ahead.

Artwork “PHỐ” (Street) | Painter Dao Anh Khanh
Acrylic | 60x112cm | 2021
Minimum bid: 30 million VND
Price step: Liberate
Painter-Performer Dao Anh Khanh is often referred to by the Vietnamese press as an “art maniac”. He is famous for combining visual art, installation, physical performance, and music to create a fully "living" artwork. Having appeared twice in the New York Times, Dao Anh Khanh is one of the most successful contemporary artists in Vietnam.

Artwork “HOA” (Flower) | Painter Pham To Chiem
Silk | 25x40cm | 2020
Minimum bid: 6 million VND
Price step: Liberate
Painter Pham To Chiem is a journalist and illustrator of Kim Dong publishing house. He frequently works with lacquer and oil paint, with artworks having been displayed in many exhibitions – including one titled “Đối chọi” (Opposition) in 2011 and “Tứ diện cũ” (Four old faces) in 2018 in Ho Chi Minh city. However, he is known for his book and magazine illustrations, which demonstrate his view and responsibility as an artist facing social issues.

Artwork “Ô CỬA” (Windows) | Painter Doan Nguyen Minh
Oil paint | 50x70cm | 2018
Minimum bid: 5 million VND
Price step: Liberate

Artwork: “NGÕ DỐC ĐÀ LẠT” (Steep alleyway in Da Lat) | Painter Doan Hieu Minh
Oil paint | 50x70cm | 2018
Minimum bid: 5 million VND
Price step: Liberate
Ever since a very young age, siblings Nguyen Minh – Hieu Minh have had a passion for telling their stories with color. Between 2016 and 2020, they regularly participated in painting auctions for charity purposes. This August, the two young talents also joined organizers Ly Doi - Dong Quan and donated 3 artworks to raise funds for ICU beds, which were then given to the 5th COVID hospital in Ho Chi Minh city.


■ The auction will be conducted directly on From Saigon to Saigon’s Facebook page:

Auction time: from 9:00 AM Friday, September 10 to 9:00 PM Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Auction rules:
- During the auction, participants bid by commenting on the painting of interest. These paintings will be posted on From Saigon to Saigon’s Facebook page.
- Comment syntax: [Price] – [Bidder Name].
- The price must be specified in words (e.g. 50 million dongs) or in numbers (eg 50,000,000 dongs). Currency: Vietnam Dong
- Valid bids must be given in a separate comment and not as a reply to another comment.
- At the end of the auction, the participant with the highest valid bid price will be the owner of the artwork. (In case there are two or more people with the same highest bid, the person with the earliest comment will be the successful bidder.)

Transfer information:
Account number: 20578417
Account owner: NGUYEN THI CAM VAN
Bank: ACB (Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank)
Branch: ACB - City Branch. HO CHI MINH CITY
Swift Code: ASCBVNVX
Transfer message/note: FSTS Auction [Artwork title] [Auctioner's name] [Phone number]

Shipping information:
In the face of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic, From Saigon to Saigon will deliver the artworks to successful bidders as soon as possible while complying with national regulations. We will cover the nationwide shipping fees in Vietnam.

Auction support: Should you need further assistance during the auction, please contact Ms. Hoang Yen via email at or Mr. Phuong Thanh at +84 86 8466501.

■ We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to art researcher, critic, and curator Ly Doi, journalist Hoà Bình, painter Tô Chiêm, and painter Thiết Phan. On behalf of the people of Saigon, our team would like to thank the artists and the entire community for your earnest support.

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