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Thu Nguyen

ThuNguyen

Honokaa, Hawaii

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I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood hiding away upstairs painting, instead of playing with other children. My first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children's exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975 Saigon fell and in the resulting confusion I was separated from my parents. I ended up in a refuge camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. After one very snowy and cold winter in Pennsylvania, I went to Los Angeles to stay with some relatives.
During my high school years, I earned extra money doing fashion modeling work in the garment district and upon graduation started on the pre-med program in college. During this time I fell in love with art again and changed my major to art. While in college I had an acting stint in Hollywood on the side (I got a part in Oliver Stone's 'Heaven and Earth' and followed with a lead role in Elizabeth Hong Yang's 'Touch Within' in China).
After getting my art degree, I have since settled down to pursue my art career in Los Angeles, later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being adopting my first daughter from China and my second daughter from Vietnam.

Professional qualifications:

BFA in painting, California State University Long Beach .
Two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Three grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
My work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) 2016 portrait competition exhibition (March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017). It will then travel to five host museums across the country:

Tacoma Art Museum, WA
February 4, 2017 to May 14, 2017
 
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
June 2, 2017 to September 10, 2017
 
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
October 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018
 
Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
January 31, 2018 to May 6, 2018
 
Ackland Museum of Art, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
June 1, 2018 to August 26, 2018



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Thu Nguyen's contact :
thu@thunguyenpaintings.com
or
darlene.nguyen.ely@gmail.com

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You can buy my original paintings at :
Thu Nguyen Art Gallery, Kamuela, Hawaii
www.thunguyenartgallery.com

 

The Fallen Barbie by Thu Nguyen

 

Aloha by Thu Nguyen

 

The Black Hmong Princess by Thu Nguyen

 

The Burger King Crown by Thu Nguyen

 

Jade Lady Life on the Edge by Thu Nguyen

 

Ohana by Thu Nguyen

 

Her Story by Thu Nguyen

 

Determination by Thu Nguyen

 

Lost by Thu Nguyen

 

Morning Sun by Thu Nguyen

 

I want to put a ding in the universe by Thu Nguyen

 

Woman in the shadow by Thu Nguyen

 

Chaos and Order by Thu Nguyen

 

Madonna by Thu Nguyen

 

Happiness comes from within by Thu Nguyen

 

Lady of Sapa by Thu Nguyen

 

Grey Day by Thu Nguyen

 

Waipio by Thu Nguyen

 

Winter Night by Thu Nguyen

 

Fall in love by Thu Nguyen

 

Conquest of Paradise by Thu Nguyen

 

Midnight in the garden by Thu Nguyen

 

koi Happiness by Thu Nguyen

 

The Main Event by Thu Nguyen

 

Remember Me by Thu Nguyen

 

Impression Sunrise Honolulu by Thu Nguyen

 

Impression Sunset Hapuna Beach by Thu Nguyen

 

Kona Sunset by Thu Nguyen

 

Happy Day by Thu Nguyen

 

Waikoloa Sunset by Thu Nguyen

 

Picnic by Thu Nguyen

 

Give Peace a Chance by Thu Nguyen

 

Waterworld by Thu Nguyen

 

After the rain by Thu Nguyen

 

Returned to Paradise by Thu Nguyen

 

Green Destiny by Thu Nguyen

 

Stormy day at Laupahoehoe by Thu Nguyen

 

Puako Sunset by Thu Nguyen

 

Vertigo by Thu Nguyen

 

Kohala Sunset by Thu Nguyen

 

Immortality by Thu Nguyen

 

Calm - Coastal landscape by Thu Nguyen

 

Rainbow Falls by Thu Nguyen

 

Englightenment by Thu Nguyen

 

Buddha by Thu Nguyen

 

Red Lips by Thu Nguyen

 

Desire by Thu Nguyen

 

Promise of a new beginning by Thu Nguyen