Pham An Hai, one of Southeast Asia’s foremost abstract painters, was born in 1967 in Hanoi. He entered the Hanoi Fine Arts & Music College in 1988 but earned his degree in painting from the Hanoi Fine Arts Institute in 1995. It's is from the same institution that he received his Masters in painting in 2006. Finding his niche in his artistic career, he shifted from a figurative approach progressively to an expressionistic period (1998-1999) before moving to abstract language from the year 2000 until the present. He has abandoned mimetic representation of things and increasingly constructs his art through a new consciousness and understanding of the surrounding world. From 1992 to 2013, he exhibited widely in Vietnam and abroad including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Luxembourg, Belgium, Thailand, USA, Japan, Italy, Korea, UAE, and the UK. He was recognized by the Ministry of Culture & Information in Vietnam for his National Fine Arts Exhibition in 2000. He also received awards from the Vietnam Association of Fine Arts in 2003 and 2004; and the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum in 2007 and 2010. Some of his notable works are included in the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the National Gallery of Malaysia (Petronas). Pham An Hai signs his work as Fahai.