Tran Trong Vu attended the Hanoi University of Fine Arts from 1982 to 1987, where he developed a reputable portfolio, winning many awards. In 1987 he was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies at the Rcole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Vu employs a social realist style in depicting the social conformity and bureucracy of his homeland.
Vu has exhibited throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe. His major showings include solo exhibitions in Vietnam, France, and at UCLA and Arizona State University.