Kenny Nguyen

B. 1990, BenTre Province, Vietnam
Lives and works in North Carolina, USA

Kenny Nguyen creates ‘deconstructed paintings’; large, bold works that are composed of hundreds of silk strips, which he cuts, paints, and meticulously applies onto canvas. The pieces may be hung in different iterations: sculpturally on the wall with undulations or flat, stretched like a painting on bars or behind glass. Kenny moved to the United States in 2010 From Vietnam. After art school, he spent his early career in fashion. Working with silk has ties for the artist not only to dressmaking and patterns, but also long-standing associations to the material through his culture. The idea of cutting a fabric revered for its symbol of wealth, its beauty and delicacy in clothing, and its century-long ties to trade and status in Asia was a breakthrough for Nguyen. By taking something from tradition and reconstructing it, he was maintaining an association with his past while also making it his own. The process itself, like the artist himself, is a hybrid. Blending cultures and ideas, illustrating how identity is constantly changing over time, creating beauty and versatility.

His works have been exhibited at Sejong Museum of Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, LaGrange Art Museum, Georgia, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art Texas, Capitol Hill Building D.C., Katzen Art Center at the American University, D.C., Orange County Center for Contemporary Art California, Art Market San Francisco, Seattle Art Fair, and Frieze LA. In 2016, Nguyen received an Excellence Asia Contemporary Young Artist Award from Sejong Museum of Art. He was also awarded Artist Residency Fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, The Hambidge Center, Georgia, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, Gil Artist Residency, Akureyri, Iceland, Château d’Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France, and AIR Guiniguada Gran Canaria, Spain.


Country: Vietnam
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