Artist Thu Nguyen

I were born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood upstairs making quilts, doll clothes and painting instead of playing with other children. My painting won "Best of Show" prize at a 1974 children’s exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975, my family was split up. I ended up in 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 came to Los Angeles ( where I have a stint with Hollywood - I got a part in Oliver Stone’s "Heaven and Earth" and following with the lead role in Elizabeth Hong Yang’s "Touch within" in China , while working as a fashion model for 4 years ). Since then I have lived, worked and exhibiting my work in many parts of the US including 10 years in Seattle Washington and currently Cabot Arkansas.

I paint mostly oil on panel. I prefer not to have an artistic statement because my paintings are painters' paintings. I want my work stands on its own without the crutch of a message statement. To me, painting is first and foremost a visual-aesthetic experience.

I received my painting degree from Cal State University, Long Beach. I also received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation two times and three times from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.

My work is represented in many public and private collections coast to coast.

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