In 1908 Vu Cao Dam was born in
Hanoi, Vietnam. As a youth he studied at the Ecole
des Beaux Arts de Indochine, and graduated from
there in 1931. After graduating, he moved to Paris
where he had gotten a scholarship to study
sculpture, but soon afterwards he started painting.
In Paris he painted for eighteen years.
Eventually Vu Cao Dam left
Paris to travel to the South of France where he
continued painting. He focused painting sole women,
women with children, and women with horses. He had
a very distinctive style which blended both
Occidental and Asian techniques. His paintings were
very colorful harnessing many different shades of
pastel-like colors: light blue, rose, pink, and
gradations of white. He primarily used black for
eyes and hair.
During his time in the south of
France Vu Cao Dam also became a friend of Marc
Chagall who influenced his work. At this time his
work also became influenced by the Impressionists such as Matisse and Bonnard.
In 2000 Vu Cao Dam died in France.