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* Born in Long An - ( Mekong Delta ) South Vietnam

* Petrus Truong Vinh Ky High School Alumnus

* Trained in Sculpture, Painting and Architecture from the Saigon National University of Arts for 6 years

* Escaped from Vietnam by boat

* Living and working in Canada since 1980

* Member of the Sculptors Society of Canada


* Award of Merit for the Arts - Gold Medal - City of Toronto - 1997

* Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Award - 1998

* Winner of the Vietnamese Commemorative Monument competition - City of Ottawa - 1995

* Ontario Arts Council Award - 1993

* Ontario Arts For Education Award - 1990


* Canadian Museum of Civilization - Ottawa , Canada

* Royal Ontario Museum

* Art Gallery of Ontario

* Multicultural History Society of Ontario

* Roy Thomson Hall - City of Toronto

* Canadian Red Cross Society - City of Toronto

* Sculptors Society of Canada - City of Toronto


Refugee Mother and Child - The first Monument in the world dedicated to the Vietnamese Boat People

* Installed on April 30, 1995 for the City of Ottawa, Canada

* Located in the park at the corner of Preston St. & Somerset St. West, Ottawa - Capital of Canada


This Award of Merit Medal is placed in the capsule to show those who open this capsule at a future date the accolades that have been given to citizens who have made singulary notable contributions to the civic well-being of the community, and in doing so, have advanced the reputation and stature of the city. The medal is in gold, symbolically signifying the ultimate regard that the Council and Citizens of the City of Toronto behold the recipients. The medal was provided by Henry Birks and Sons, Toronto jewelers.

Phỏng Vấn Điêu Khắc Gia Phạm Thế Trung của Đài SBTN Toronto

Profile Summary of Sculptor Pham Thê Trung

Considered among the finest Canadian artists today ,Pham Thê Trung has achieved this stature through a consuming passion for his work and an unrelenting dedication to its quality and integrity. Pham’ art reflects both Vietnamese past and Canadian presence , as well as modern and tradition schools of art.
Pham has participated in many major exhibitions through out  Canada and USA, organized by Sculptors Society of Canada, Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Roy Thomson Hall, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Toronto’s Roberts Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum and Civilization Museum of Canada (project 2000) . He also has been covered in many articles such as Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Magazine, CBC, CTV, True North Arrivals CD ( CTV for Education), Dini Betty show… He is  member of Sculptors’ Society of Canada and an active member of the Vietnamese Community.
In 30 years of his artistic career, Pham has achieved distinction for his Sculptures and has received many awards. Among those is the Award of Merit from City Toronto and the Gold Medal for the Arts in 1997. Pham won the competition of the “ Vietnamese Commemorative Monument ” project that held jointly by the City of Ottawa and the Vietnamese Canadian Federation in 1993. His commissioned statue named “ Refugee Mother and Child “ was erected  in the park at the corner of  Preston St. and Somerset Ave. west in Ottawa. It was officially unveiled on April 30, 1995 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.” Refugee  Mother and Child “ pays tribute to the Vietnamese boat people who fell victim to the Communist regime and depicts the triumph of the human spirit.
More recently, Pham designed the “ Monument for the Fallen” that would be constructed at the Republic of Vietnam’s Veterans Cemetery in Adelanto, South California- USA.  The Monument includes busts of five RVN Heroes Generals who committed suicide on the day of the Fall of Saigon, April 30, 1975.
Pham spent six years of formal training and graduated from the National College of Fine Arts in Saigon. In 1980, Pham fled  Vietnam by boat to escape persecution from the Communist regime. From a refugee camp in Thailand, Pham has granted immigrant status  for Canada . Pham’s art helps heighten our awareness of how Canada has emerged as one of the great world cosmopolitans and an honoured country of hope.
For more information about Pham’s background and achievements, please visit his website at