Art Vietnam Gallery

7 Nguyen Khac Nhu
Hanoi, Vietnam

Artist Profile: Truong Tan

Truong Tan was born in 1963 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He graduated from the Fine Art School Hanoi in 1982, and the University of Fine Art Hanoi in 1989. He served as a lecturer at the latter from 1989 to 1997 before becoming a full-time artist. Following the advent of the Doi Moi (renovation) policy in 1986, which liberalized Vietnam’s market policies, there was a resurgent artistic romanticization of Vietnam’s past. Truong, for his part, abandoned the country’s then-current academicism in favor of a practice focused on the complexities of human psychology and social circumstance. Through painting, drawing, performance, installation, sculpture, and ceramics, Truong challenges social convention and investigates themes of identity and freedom of expression.
A pioneer in the fields of lacquer work, performance, and painting his work addresses many issues of oppression that individuals are forced to contend with within traditional Vietnamese culture. Perhaps Vietnam’s first openly homosexual artist his work has opened the doors for those after him to discuss notions of sexuality in the arts. Some of his most interesting work to date is what he is able to accomplish in the realm of lacquer, where he subverts the traditional aesthetic of this medium by introducing figures that are reminiscent of street art in New York in the 1980’s and 1990’s. His influences range from ancient Greek iconography to the work of Keith Haring and Basquiat.

Truong has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Ecole, Hanoi (1994), Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (1996), Gallery Les Singuliers, Paris (1997, 1999, and 2000), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (1998 and 1999), Gallery 4A, Sydney (1998), Asian Fine Art Gallery, Berlin (1999), Nhasan Studio, Hanoi (2002), Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi (2004 and 2005), and Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok (2010). Notable group exhibitions include Singapore Biennial (2008); Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Japan (2009); Connect: Kunstszene Vietnam, ifa Gallery Berlin (2010) and ifa Gallery Stuttgart (2011); Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1991–2010, Singapore Art Museum (2011); No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2013); Fuzhou International Lacquer Art Biennial, Fuzhou, China (2018)

Truong lives and works in Paris and Hanoi.


1963 Born in Hanoi, Vietnam


1977-1982 Fine Art School Hanoi

1989 Graduated Hanoi Fine Arts College/Vietnam Fine Arts University

1989-1998 Vietnam Fine Arts University Lecturer


2019 Light Years Away, Galerie Quynh, HCMC, Vietnam

2010 How to be an Angel, Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2005 The Dancer installation, Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2004 Spiders installation, Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2002 Vay Cuoi/Wedding Dress, Nha San, Hanoi, Vietnam

2000 Espace Chateauneuf, Tours, France
L’Humanite (with Pealla Chimicos), Gallery les Singuliers, Paris, France

1999 Tableclothes, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Water, Fire, Wood, Asian Fine Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Renaissance, Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris, France

1998 L’art est mort, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
AIDS-HeART Galerie 4A, Sydney, Australia

1997 Document, Galerie du Chai, Saint-Brieuc, France
Transition, Installation, Place de la Republique, Paris, France
Galerie Les Singuliers, Paris, France

1996 Inner Side, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany

1995 Collision Culturelle (with Bradford Edwards) Galerie Fleuve Rouge, Hanoi, Vietnam

1994 Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs, Limoges, France
Peinture de Truong Tan, Galerie Ecole de Hanoi, Vietnam


2018 Fuzhou International Lacquer Art Biennial, Fuzhou, China

2017 Foliage, Vingroup Center of Contemporary Art, Hanoi Vietnam

2014 Made in Asia, Toulouse, France

2013 No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

2012 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Bui Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2011 Negotiating Home, History and Nation, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Connect:Kunstazene Vietnam, ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
What do we talk about love, Bui Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2010 Connect:Kunstazene Vietnam, ifa Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2009 Lim Dim – Contemporary Art in Vietnam – Behind the Scene, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Fukuoka Museum 4th Triennial, Fukuoka, Japan
Hanoi where we are now, Art Vietnam Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2008 Singapore Biennale, Singapore
Art Cologne, Global Exhibition of EurAsia, Cologne, Germany
10+ Nha San Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam

2007 Come in, Diaper installation, in cooperation with ifa and Goethe Institut, Viet Art Center, Hanoi, Vietnam
Wedding, Saigon Open City, Women’s Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2004 Gap Vietnam, Galerie Amber, Leiden, Holland
Gap Hanoi, Goethe Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam

2003 Go! Stop!…and in Between, 16 Hanoi Artists at the unfinished Goethe Institute,Hanoi, Vietnam
Zoom Zoom, Nha San Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam

2002 All things fall and are built again, Biennnale de Liverpool, Liverpool, Great Britain

2000 Messagers de la Terre Espace Rur Art, Rouille, France L’humanite en duo avec Paella Chimicos, Galerie les Singuliers, Paris, France

1999 Gap Vietnam, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Lido di Venezia # 2. Open International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation,

1998 Vietnam Express, Touring Exhibition, Oslo, Stavanger,Norway
Paris-Hanoi-Saigon, Pavillon des Arts, Paris, France
Art in Freedom, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
Above and Beyond, Pacific Bridge Gallery, Oakland, California

1997 New Vietnamese Painting, The Siam Society, Bangkok, Thailand
Die anderen Modernen, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Peintres du Vietnam, Musee de I’Histoire et de I’Art, Saint- Brieuc, France

1996 Lack Erde Steine, Museum fur Lackkunst, Munster, Germany
International Container Art Project: Container 96, Copenhagen, Denmark
Vietnamese Art after Doi Moi, Fujita Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Black and White, Salon Natasha, Hanoi, Vietnam

1995 Six contemporary Artists in Vietnam, Portside Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
Vietnam Arts, Itoyama Gallery, Tokyo
Music, Salon Natasha, Hanoi, Vietnam
Composition Movement, Immobility, Alliance Francaise, Hanoi, Vietnam
Sicherheitsabstand, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Icons of your time,Salon Natasha,Hanoi, Vietnam
Khoang cach an toan, The Substation, Singapore

1994 Asia Art Fair, Galerie Fleuve Rouge, Hong Kong
Red and Yellow, Salon Natasha, Hanoi, Vietnam
Zeitgenossische Malerei in Vietnam, Goethe Institut, Frankfort, Germany
Avant-garde Salle d’Exposition Nationale 29 Hang Bai, Hanoi, Vietnam
A Silent New History, Exhibition Space of Artists Association
Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam

1993 Living Lacquer, Alliance Francaise, Hanoi, Vietnam

1992 Fondation Franco-Vietnamienne, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam

1985-90 Vietnam National Exhibition, Exhibition Center Van Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam


2010 IN-act-Project, Nha San Phuoc, Ha Tay, Vietnam
2008 Ryllega Berlin, Glaspavillon an der Volksbuhne Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2007 Man from the Future (in cooperation with Duong Tuong), Public Space, Saigon, Vietnam
2004 Lim Dim, Performance Art Project, Hanoi, Vietnam
Circle II, Nha San Anh Khanh, Hanoi, Vietnam
2003 Meeting, (in cooperation with Nguyen Manh Hung) Goethe Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam
2002 Waiting the Husband, Nha San Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam
Green Man, Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, Great Britain
2001 Silver Man, Nha San Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam
Pollution, Nha San Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam
2000 Green Man, Nha San Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam
1997 Flowers, Siam Society Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Van Nghe, Film and Theatre School of Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam
I start everything by Nothing, ZiF Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
1996 About Freedom, German School, Singapore
Artists-Life-Art, Stadelschule Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
My Time, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Inside, International Container Art Project 96, Copenhagen, Denmark
Army, Mong Cai Beach, Mong Cai, Vietnam
Past and Future (with Nguyen Van Cuong, Exhibition Space 29 Hang Bai, Hanoi, Vietnam
Water Buffalo (with Nguyen Quang Huy), Moc Chau, Vietnam
Conversation, First District Private Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tourist, Cholon (private space), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1995 Me and Come In, Hang Chuoi (private space) Hanoi, Vietnam
Circle, Tam Dao (public space), Tam Dao, Vietnam
Anything can happen between now and then ( in cooperation with Amanda Hang and students), University of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam

2007 Open Academy (in cooperation with Veronika Radulovic) Dong Son Foundation, Hanoi, Vietnam
2006 Cross the Border, Reyum Art School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2002 Green Man, Biennale de Liverpool, Liverpool, England
2001 Autumn, Students-Project, Bressuire, France

1998 Gap Vietnam, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
1997 Van Nghe (in cooperation with Veronika Radulovic), Film and Theater School, Hanoi, Vietnam
1996 About Freedom (in cooperation with Veronika Radulovic), German School, Singapore


1994 Asia Art Fair, Hong Kong
1995 Composition: Mouvement et Immobilite, Alliance Francaise Hanoi
1995 Lack Erde Steine, Munster, Germany
1995 Interieur, Bielefeld, Germany
1996 Vietnam after Doi Moi, Fujita Art Museum de Tokyo, Japan
1996 Young Artists of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam
1997 New Vietnamese Painting, Siam Society, Bangkok, Thailand
1997 Der Rest der Welt, Berlin, Germany
1998 Art in Freedom, Rotterdam, Germany
2000 Messagers de la Terre, France
2001 Vietnamese art XXth century
2002 All things fall and are built again, Biennale de Liverpool, Galerie Jump Ship Rat, Liverpool Great Britain
2010 How to be an Angel, Thavibu, Bangkok Thailand
2019 Light Years Away, Galerie Quynh

Selected Articles:
Vietnam Investment Review, Hanoi-Asian Art News, Hong Kong- South China Morning Post, Hong Kong – Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong-Art Asian Pacific, Australia – The Economist, Londres-Museart, Paris-The Nation, Bangkok


National Gallery, Singapore
L’ENAD of Limoges, France
Post Vidai Contemporary Arts Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Guggenheim-Foundation, New York, USA

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