Nguyen Dinh Dang was born in 1958 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He started to draw while very young, at around five years old.
During the US bombing of North Vietnam, he was evacuated to the countryside for five years. His family was very poor at that time. Nguyen Dinh Dang had no access to proper art material, even paper was in shortage, and his first painting around 1970 in oil color was a portrait of an European lady, which he painted on a piece of rough material cut from bag for keeping rice.