Mai Ly is an oil, acrylic, and watercolour artist. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, she immigrated to Canada in 1991 and currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Discover Ly’s paintings exploring themes of time, nature, and life. Ly’s body of work includes florals, landscapes, and portraits of women.
“I Have Dreamt; Planning for the Unknown,” explores the pivotal decision Mai Ly made, to escape from Vietnam in 1989 and how it has influenced her life and art.
Ly graduated from the University of Regina in 2021 with an Advanced Certificate in Studio Art. Ly specializes in painting florals, landscapes, and portraits of women, placing her subject matters in realistic, imaginative, or fictitious settings.
I Have Dreamt; Planning for the Unknown
I Have Dreamt; Planning for the Unknown, explores the pivotal decision Mai Ly made, to escape from Saigon, Vietnam in 1989 and how it has influenced their life and art practice. Now, 31 years later, Ly’s paintings reflect, document and visually address the passage of time. “I went through multiple hardships, even risking my life, before being able to settle down and pursue my dreams again. Yes, it has been my life, but it does feel that I was robbed of many years that I would have used differently – like becoming an established artist. I have lost a lot of time, and thus I cherish my time so much now.” The intent of this exhibition is to offer a space for the artist to reclaim a portion of their ‘lost time’ and to dream for the unknown.