Thuan Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam and settled with his family in New Orleans, LA. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Thuan exhibits and lectures nationally. His paintings examine constructions of identity, especially those of Vietnamese refugees. His research has taken him to Vietnam and Paris, where he studies Vietnamese communities world-wide. A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Thuan lives in New Haven, CT where he has been a Professor of Art at Southern Connecticut State University since 1999.
Vu's sylvan compositions evoke a sense of mystery and discovery. Combining old master techniques with a modern sensibility, his richly layered oil paintings and pastels reveal an emotive landscape at once nostalgic and present. Trees, clouds, and air are orchestrated to create an atmosphere ripe for reverie and daydreaming. Thuan Vu received his B.A. in Art and Art History from Centre College, and his M.F.A from Louisiana State University.