Tam Van Tran

Born 1966
Hometown Kontum, Vietnam
Lives and Works Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Film & Television Program, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1996
BFA Painting, Pratt Institute, New York, NY, 1990

Tam Van Tran Gallery Art

Susanne Vielmetter, Culver City, CA
Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
The Museum of Modern Art, New Yor, NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
The Neuberger Museum, Purchase , NY
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
The Broad Collection, Santa Monica, CA
The ICA Boston, Boston, MA

While Vietnamese-born artist Tam Van Tran consistently works in abstraction, he continues to surprise us with his use of unconventional materials. Although Tran regularly employs traditional mediums, such as acrylic paint, linen, and paper, he also introduces the unexpected: manmade elements such as aluminum foil and Cool Whip converge with natural elements such as beets, saffron, and chlorophyll.

Van Tran immigrated to the US towards the end of the Vietnam War. Although he earned a BFA in New York City, he bucked art world convention by earning an advanced degree from the Graduate Film and Television Program at the University of California. Van Tran's work reflects his multimedia educational experience, his interest in the moving image, and his fascination with the transience of the material and immaterial worlds.
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