Mr. Tira Vanichtheeranont, an engineer by training, is the owner of an amazing collection of thousands of paintings by famous Vietnamese artists.
“Vietnam News” Newspaper, published in Vietnam, reported the story of how Tira began collecting Vietnamese art works in 2006. It was by chance that Mr. Tira had the opportunity to meet someone who offered to sell him rare Vietnamese paintings and he decided to invest in them, said the paper. He became increasingly serious and began his study about art in Vietnam. After spending two decades in Vietnam working as a telecommunications hardware specialist, Mr. Tira can speak, understand and read Vietnamese. During that time, he also built up his own art networks there and obtained many more rare paintings that now even museums are approaching him to purchase.
Mr. Tira now has over 2,000 paintings and drawings by renowned Vietnamese artists. These include the famous Nguyen Cao Thuong’s work, Nguyen Gia Tri, Nguyen Tuong Lan, To Ngoc Van, Bui Xuan Phai, Mai Van Nam and Nguyen Sang, and more.
(Two above pictures) Mr. Tira and I in front of the drawing of the meeting of President Ho Chi Minh with all his party leaders during the declaration of winning the Japanese War on the August 1945 and the declaration into the French resistant war. The other two are the study and sketch work of the large drawing.
A Bright Plan for the Future - An Art Aficionado to watch
Mr. Tira plans to open a museum in Bangkok in the near future to display all the art works in his collection. Now, he is in the process of choosing a location and building. He believes in these valuable paintings and works of art: “They must be introduced to historical researchers and art lovers,” Mr. Tira told me during my visit.
Mr. Tira also published some of the books to share his collections with other art lovers and art students, such as collection of To Ngoc Van's drawings and the collections of Nguyen Cao Thuong's paintings (below).
I met Mr. Tira in December 2014. He came to my painting exhibition entitled “Lines and Strokes of Life” at the Neilson Hays Library on Suriwongse Road, Bangkok, Thailand, and purchased some of my paintings (below). After the show, I delivered my paintings to him at his "333 Gallery" (on Surasak Rd., Bangkok, Thailand) and he kindly showed me parts of his art collection - it was impressive. I particularly liked the hundreds of drawings by famous artist To Ngoc Van that has special historical value as much as its beauty.