Le Ngoc Thanh and Le Duc Hai (the Le Brothers) are twin brothers born in Quang Binh province. In 1992, they enrolled in a three-year college course at Hue Arts University. Their two exhibitions in 1996 and 1997 caused a surprise among Hue artists for they bespoke a new boldness in lacquer painting, with contrasts of color and wild outlines. Most noted for their lacquer art - and outrageous performances - the brothers also run several galleries and a bar in their hometown of Hue, teach painting at local art schools, tour the world doing exhibitions and workshops, and are actively involved in expanding the role of the arts in Vietnam. The brothers have exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Bangkok, and Tokyo, among many other cities around the world. They have conducted workshops at MIT, Yale, and Columbia University in the US.