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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

 

Red Lips by Thu Nguyen

 

Desire by Thu Nguyen

 

Promise of a new beginning by Thu Nguyen

 

Gentleness by Thu Nguyen

 

Love at first sight by Thu Nguyen

 

Unconscious Beauty by Thu Nguyen

 

Perfect Happiness by Thu Nguyen

 

Looking Back by Thu Nguyen

 

Ready to fly by Thu Nguyen

 

Home by Thu Nguyen

 

Field of Dream by Thu Nguyen

 

The Dream by Thu Nguyen

 

Sea Turtle by Thu Nguyen

 

Girl from Sapa by Thu Nguyen

 

Stairway to Heaven by Thu Nguyen

 

Spirited Away by Thu Nguyen

 

Mother's Land by Thu Nguyen

 

The Icon by Thu Nguyen

 

What If by Thu Nguyen

 

Trade wind day by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Sapa 3 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Sapa 2 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Sapa 1 by Thu Nguyen

 

topless Black Hmong 2 by Thu Nguyen

 

topless Black Hmong by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 9 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 8 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 7 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 6 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 5 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 4 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 3 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 2 by Thu Nguyen

 

Black Hmong Woman 1 by Thu Nguyen

 

Hapuna Beach by Thu Nguyen

 

The Taro Farm Girl by Thu Nguyen

 

Grace's Story by Thu Nguyen

 

The Green Dress by Thu Nguyen

 

The Star of The Sea by Thu Nguyen

 

The Island Man by Thu Nguyen

 

Hawaiian Prince by Thu Nguyen

 

Hanohano Hawaii Kuauli by Thu Nguyen

 

Flower in her hair by Thu Nguyen

 

The Hawaiian Princess by Thu Nguyen

 

Vivaldi by Thu Nguyen

 

July 4th by Thu Nguyen

 

Forever Summer by Thu Nguyen

 

in the studio by Thu Nguyen