The exhibition titled Hanh Van Hoa Canh (Travelling and Painting) includes 101 paintings.
Half of the works feature landscapes where the artist has travelled in Vietnam since 2010, including Ha Long Bay, Phu Quoc Islands, Mui Ne Beach, Da Nang, Hanoi and HCM City.
“The country has rivers, mountains and beaches which have been a great inspiration for my paintings,” said Yi.
Vietnamese fishermen, workers and the elderly are featured in the paintings.
Yi said he hoped the exhibition would improve understanding between Vietnamese and Chinese artists and people, and introduce a beautiful Vietnam to the Chinese people.
He is also showing paintings of China, which depict ancient villages and scenes of nature and locals in Hangzhou city, Lishui city, Naxun town and Shaoxing city in Zhejiang province.
Yi studied multimedia arts at the China Academy of Art, studying contemporary art concepts and forms. He has also worked in video and installation.
However, after graduation, he returned to painting, and then took a post-graduate programme in watercolour painting at the China Academy of Art.
Yi studied with famous Chinese contemporary artists An Xin and Ren Zhizhong.
He has travelled to European countries such as France, Spain, Italy and Portugal to learn more about watercolour painting.
His exhibition in HCM City is organised by the Vietnam – China Cultural Exchange Club and the city’s Fine Arts Museum to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam – China diplomatic relations.
At the opening ceremony on February 2 in HCM City, Nguyen Van Tinh, Chairman of the Vietnam – China Cultural Exchange Club, said: “The exhibition of Chinese artist Chen Yi is a meaningful people-to-people exchange which contributes to the friendship and understanding between the peoples of Vietnam and China.”
The event was held in Hanoi last October. In HCM City, it will be open until February 8 at 97A Pho Duc Chinh street in District 1.