Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
Based in: New York City
Tomas Vu (b. Saigon Vietnam) creates dynamic intricately layered works in printmaking, mixed media, performance, and installation, often imbued with both personal and political undercurrents. From hand-crafted paulownia wood surfboards and his seminal Flatlands series to his ongoing collaborative performance installations titled Green Go Home and Do We Dream Under the Same Sky?, Vu explores through myriad visual modes the iconic clash between man and machine, and nature and technology.
Vu received an MFA from Yale University. He has been a professor at Columbia University School of the Arts since 1996, when he helped found the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies and has since served as the Director/Artistic Director of the center. Vu has exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He was recently awarded the 2018 John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program as an artist-in-residence in Kohler Co.’s Pottery and the 2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. In 2002, Vu was granted the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Award and in 2001, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship Award.
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