Xeo Chu, a 14-year-old student from Ho Chi Minh City, has donated more than $22,000 to support students from low-income families who have been affected by the pandemic. The money he raised came from the sale of his critically acclaimed artwork. And that's just the start of his generosity.
The money raised by the teenage art prodigy went towards providing 20 laptops and 10 scholarships for senior college students in difficult situations through VietSeeds, a non-profit organization working towards offering equal access to higher education for all citizens of Vietnam.
The artist said: "I feel very fortunate to have loving and caring parents who are capable of offering me an education. I want to use the money I've raised to help other students continue their education without being interrupted by difficulties caused by Covid -19,"
The managing director of VietSeeds, Cat Tuong, said: "Every year, we connect with individuals and organizations to join hands for sponsoring hundreds of studious students in difficult circumstances. This year, due to the pandemic, many children have not received the help of sponsors even as a new school year approaches. We greatly appreciate the support from Xeo Chu."
In early August, one of Chu's best works 'The Lucky Apricot Blossoms' was sold for $22,899 on Binance, a cryptocurrency marketplace.
He also launched an online exhibition called Pandemic Paintings last month to assist frontline Covid-19 personnel dealing with the current COVID epicenter in HCMC.
The artist and his family, who own a gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, put aside VND2.9 billion of their revenue to purchase ventilation and medical equipment for the Medicine University Hospital in District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City.
Chu began painting when he was four years old, after being permitted to take drawing lessons with his two brothers.
In 2018, he exhibited at a solo show in New York City's Georges Berges Gallery, where his most significant work, "Ha Long Bay in Cave," a 2x4.8 m painting, fetched $150,000.
George Berges, the gallery's proprietor, believes that Chu is a young Jackson Pollock, an abstract expressionist artist from the United States who was born in 1928.
According to his Facebook, Chu began his new school semester online last week. He also had the chance to e-meet the students he helped. A very touching moment for all.